Wisconsin businesses having trouble finding employees are hoping to lure retirees to work or keep people nearing retirement on the job longer.

Economic development experts say low unemployment rates, a lack of new workers, and a growing number of people on the cusp of retirement have created a major demand for workers.

The Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in Barron County and 3.4 percent in Chippewa County in December.

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation president Charlie Walker says he expects companies to turn to automation since it’s unlikely the worker shortage will be solved any time soon.