Low Pay, No Benefits, Rude Customers: Restaurant Workers Quit At Record Rate

A wooden spoon gliding over cast iron. Barely tall enough to see over the stove, Lamar Cornett watched his mother, a cook, make his favorite dish of scrambled eggs. That first cooking lesson launched a lifelong journey in food. Cornett has spent over 20 years in Kentucky restaurants, doing every job short of being the… Continue reading Low Pay, No Benefits, Rude Customers: Restaurant Workers Quit At Record Rate

Business Should Be Booming — If Only There Were Enough Workers For The Job

Solstice Wood Fire Pizza in Hood River, Ore., made it through the pandemic. And now that Americans are eating out and doing all the things that were off limits, this should be a booming time for owner Aaron Baumhackl. Instead, Baumhackl is facing an unexpected problem. He’s struggling to find all the workers he needs… Continue reading Business Should Be Booming — If Only There Were Enough Workers For The Job

Is there a labor shortage? What the May jobs report tells us

The weaker-than-expected April jobs report fueled speculation of U.S. labor shortages and led some state officials to declare an early end to enhanced unemployment benefits. Yet forecasters hoping for clarity from the May tally may be left scratching their heads. It’s hard to draw conclusions about sustained weakness or labor-supply issues from the data published… Continue reading Is there a labor shortage? What the May jobs report tells us