Nebraska restaurants experience worst worker shortages in history | SiouxlandProud | Sioux City, IA
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KCAU) – Whether driving or sitting down, Siouxland restaurants have been forced to hang help-seeking signs on their windows, hoping to find people eager for work.
“It’s been crazy the last few months. We have been open for four years, and I think recently it is the worst with problems of staff not wanting to work.
The biggest problem these local restaurants are seeing right now is having to reduce opening hours.
“We lost around 7 to 8 people. This forced us to close on Monday. Right now we’re getting up, but it’s still going back and forth with people. “
But the question remains, why? Nebraska Restaurant Association director Zoe Olson said a common misconception is that companies don’t pay their employees enough to keep them.
Olson said that while it’s a problem for the state of Nebraska, the real problem is with the population numbers.
“In a normal economy, full employment is 5 to 5.2% unemployment. The most recent from Nebraska that I heard is 2.2%, which means we have a lot more jobs than employees. If you look at the Nebraska jobs site. We have 2-3 times more jobs on this website than we have people looking for jobs.
Restaurant owner Alex Robles is still trying to keep more people out, by raising wages, which manager Olsen said nearly 90% of restaurants in Nebraska are doing now.
“There were people who wanted to leave. We have increased some salaries here and there to help.
Restaurant owner Veronica Limon said she couldn’t afford it. Instead, she left to take the others’ quarters.
“Either I stay 12 to 14 hours a day or sometimes even more. “
Olsen said experts predict the shortage will ease over the next summer, but nothing is promised.