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A Chicago restaurant owner is having trouble finding people to work for him. The cause, according to him, is Biden’s stimulus.
According to Town Hall:
A promising March jobs report showed that many of the 916,000 hired in the month were in the leisure and hospitality sector, thanks to the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations and many states finally reopening. But those in the restaurant industry are now up against another challenge. How can they compete with government benefits?
For one Chicago area restaurant, it’s proving to be difficult.
Steve Hartenstein says opening a new restaurant as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on is “exciting, scary and brutal.”
He is the Managing Partner of Lucca Osteria and Bar, which is aiming to welcome customers in Oakbrook in May. A huge part of that preparation is hiring. Still, with so many laid off during the worst of the pandemic, applications for the 100 jobs he’s filing are only trickling in.
“Now that so many people are getting vaccinated and feeling more safe, we thought, fantastic, but it’s not that way at all,” he said. (CBS Chicago)
Some have decided to leave the industry altogether, but Hartenstein told CBS Chicago he believes there’s more to it than that.
“The unemployment checks and the stimulus checks are keeping people at home,” he said.
Some have argued that the difficulty in the hiring climate could be due to ongoing fears about the coronavirus.
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