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Restaurants struggle to keep staff due to burnout, lack of resources

Added 11-06-21 10:04:02pm EST - “Though many blame unemployment benefits as the reason why restaurants are struggling to hire and retain employees, that is not the case.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Restaurants struggle to keep staff due to burnout, lack of resources”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Restaurants across the Twin Cities, the state and the country are in need of new employees, but the candidate search has proven anything but simple.

Employee hiring and retention has become the largest obstacle for 75% of restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association's State of the Industry Mid-Year Update. While many are quick to blame unemployment benefits, which ended a month early in Louisiana, Patrick Scott, Louisiana Tech University assistant professor of economics and director for the Center for Economic Research, said there is no way to see if the ending of unemployment benefits directly affected the unemployment rate in the state. This is because the ending of benefits was not an isolated incident thanks to compounding factors, such as the effects of Hurricane Ida.

"First off, that industry is hurting right now because of uncertainty with regard to pandemic and safety of eating out, but then at the same time, that thread also runs backwards," Scott said. "So you've got workers that are basically saying, 'Is this safe to work this job?'"

Restaurant owners in New Orleans part of the Independent Restaurant Coalition of Louisiana said they've heard similar sentiments from the workers they were able to keep following mandated temporary closures at the start of the pandemic and subsequent furloughs and layoffs.

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