Yet four weeks after that policy change, the headlines remain the same:
Rushmore Crossing’s newest business opened its doors Wednesday. Storming Crab is a family-owned cooperation with plans to bring a southern touch to Rapid City with country-boiled seafood, however like many other restaurants in the area, staffing remains an issue.
…Just down the road…Makenzie River recently adjusted their restaurant hours, deciding to close their doors two days a week.
“To help give a break to our employees that are here. A lot of them are overworked and are getting a crazy amount of hours at this time and we definitely need a little bit more help, that’s for sure” [staff, “Rapid City Restaurants Struggle to Find Workers,” KOTA-TV, 2021.07.22].
We’ve frequently discussed the real and systemic causes of South Dakota’s worker shortage: rethinking of personal priorities, low pay, and crappy weather. The anecdotal evidence from Rapid City’s restaurateurs supports the notion that all the noise about the federal pandemic assistance that is keeping this state afloat was mere scapegoating to distract us from our state leaders’ failure to govern effectively.