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Oregon restaurant is having so much trouble finding employees, it’s looking for 14- and 15-year-olds.
A banner outside a McDonald’s in the city of Medford calls for more teens to apply to counter the restaurant’s apparent need to fill job openings.
“There are always staffing issues, but this is unheard of,” restaurant owner Heather Coleman told me Business Insider.
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In Oregon, anyone aged 14 and 15 can legally work, but not during school hours. Also, they are allowed to work only three hours on a school day and no more than 23 hours in total per school week, according to the US Department of Labor.
Coleman continued to say that she actually doesn’t mind the idea of bringing in younger workers, even adding that the sign 25 new applicants in the past two weeks.
“They have the drive and the work ethic,” Coleman said. “They get the technology. They pick it up very quickly.”
McDonald’s requires some of its staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but that mandate only applies to corporate employees, not restaurant employees.
Labor shortages in the US have been a major problem since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as millions of people who were in jobs before the pandemic are still out of work.
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US companies created just 374,000 new jobs in August, according to a new ADP survey, which could indicate that increasing cases of the delta strain of the coronavirus have led to a decline in hiring.
Businesses in the service industry have been hit particularly hard by COVID as more than 1.3 million open vacancies at restaurants and hotels from the end of May about double the amount from May 2020, according to the Ministry of Labor. US inflation is at its highest level in 30 years, based on the Federal Reserve’s favorite price barometer.
The labor shortage for such jobs could be due to many factors, such as a lack of strong wages, fear of COVID, insecurity about childcare, and significant federal unemployment benefits.
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President Joe Biden does not believe that federal unemployment benefits stop people from working.
“Pay them more,” the president said in July.