Play Job Crunch! The game explains Utah’s labor shortage.


To make a complicated problem a little easier to understand – and even a little fun – Tribune created a game.

(Photo courtesy of Salt Lake Tribune journalists. Illustrated by Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) A gathering of people in need and currently renting signs throughout Salt Lake County.

This story is part of The Salt Lake Tribune’s ongoing commitment to identifying solutions to Utah’s greatest challenges through the work of the Innovation Lab.

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Earlier this week, I wrote about Utah’s labor shortage and the question of who is to blame – Utah’s government or businesses?

I have tried my best to create a complex topic that is both understandable and engaging. But for some things, a written story can only do so much. That’s why I created a game.

In the game, you play as the owner of the fast food restaurant chain Bocephus’ Burgers (fictional) based in Utah. You must make choices when trying to solve the problems involved in running a business on the front lines of the labor shortage. There are ways for the game to end badly, but I’ll let you figure that out for yourself. Play Job Crunch! The game explains Utah’s labor shortage.

Yasmin Harisha

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