Because the H-2B visa program has already reached its annual quota,
Bar Harbor’s hotels, restaurants and shops can’t bring in any more
foreign workers for the rest of the busy summer tourist season. Like
hundreds of similar coastal resort towns, Bar Harbor has for many years
depended on the H-2B visas for temporary workers. The program
allows non-agricultural companies to bring in foreign labor if they are
unable to find suitable employees domestically.
Now they are coming up with creative ways to attract local labor, reports the Bangor Daily News.
The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce will hold a job fair Saturday in
an effort to recruit significant numbers of workers from the region.
Just about every kind of business in the town is looking for help, says
chamber executive director Martha Searchfield.