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Eastern Oregon businesses experience worker shortage

The crowd at opening day of the Pendleton Round-up rodeo in 2018.
The crowd at opening day of the Pendleton Round-up rodeo in 2018.

Earlier this summer, businesses in Pendleton experienced an influx of customers as tourists flocked to the town for the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest, which drew about 12,000 people. While the visitors created a boost in revenue, some businesses were scrambling because they lacked enough employees to handle the rush. Bryce Dole is a reporter for the East Oregonian. Bobbi McGee is a manager of The Marigold Hotel in Pendleton. They join us with details about how the town handled the rush and what businesses expect as Pendleton Round-Up approaches.

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