News owners struggling to fill job vacancies :: News

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Source www.wral.com DOWN FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT HOUR. BACK TO YOU. >>> WHEN THE PANDEMIC SHUT DOWN BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS, WORKERS WERE LAID OFF. NOW AS THINGS REOPEN, THERE IS A NEW CHALLENGE. A HIRING SHORTAGE ACROSS THE TRIANGLE. PLACES ARE IN HIRING MODE WITH NOT MANY PEOPLE IN THE McCALL. KIRSTEN GUTIERREZ JOINS US TO EXPLAIN HOW UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS MAY PAY MORE THAN WHAT MANY ARE EARNING WORKING FULL- TIME. >> Reporter: WE SPENT HOURS CALLING PEOPLE HERE ACROSS THE TRIANGLE, TRIED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH PEOPLE, YOU CAN SEE HERE, JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE WE CALLED. MANY OF THEM TOO BUSY TO TALK TO US. ONE RESTAURANT MANAGER TELLS US SHE HAD TO DO MULTIPLE JOBS TODAY JUST TO KEEP RUNNING SMOOTHLY. FOR POPULAR PLACES LIKE THE RALEIGH TIMES IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH, HIRING STAFF HAS BEEN DIFFICULT. >> IT IS EVERYWHERE, FRONT, BACK, MANAGEMENT, RALEIGH, DURHAM, >> Reporter: OWNER GREG HAS A TOTAL OF NINE RESIDENTS WITH A 75 OPENING POSITIONS. THEY HAVE BEEN HIRING ONE TO TWO PEOPLE A WEEK, INCLUDING A NEW BARTENDER. >> DURING THE PANDEMIC, BARTENDERS DID GET OFFICE JOBS. SO, WE NEED PEOPLE. >> Reporter: WITH A DIRE NEED FOR EMPLOYEES, THERE IS ANOTHER FORM OF COMPETITION. >> THIS IS QUITE A DILEMMA, BECAUSE, DEPENDING UPON A WEEK’S TIPS AND WAGES, THEY COULD BE MAKING MORE IN UNEMPLOYMENT THAN THEY WOULD MAKE IF THEY WERE WORKING IN A RESTAURANT, ESPECIALLY A RESTAURANT WITH DECREASED CAPACITY. >> Reporter: THE WAGE ACROSS THE STATE IS $7.25 AN HOUR. AT THIS RATE, YOU WOULD MAKE $290 A WEEK, WITH UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, KEEP YOU CAN MAKE UP TO $650 A WEEK. POTENTIALLY RECEIVING $360 MORE ON UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. HE UNDERSTANDS THE STRUGGLE. >> THIS IS A REALLY CHALLENGING TIME FOR RESTAURANT OWNERS, NOT ONLY IS THE ATTENDANCE DOWN IN RESTAURANTS AND THE RESTRICTIONS ARE EXTREMELY HIGH, COSTS ARE HIGH FOR SUPPLIES, NOW THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH EMPLOYEES PERHAPS NOT COMING BACK TO WORK. >> Reporter: THE SHORTAGE STRETCHING INTO THE FAST FOOD BUSINESS. CERTAIN McDONALD’S LOCATIONS ARE OFFERING VARIOUS INCENTIVES LIKE A $200 SIGN ON BONUS FOR NEW HIRES. WHILE THOSE ON UNEMPLOYMENT CAN MAKE UP TO $650 A WEEK, THE STATE REQUIRES A WORK MANDATE, WHICH MEANS YOU HAVE TO PROVE

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