Shreveport businesses struggling to find workers as 4.3M Americans quit their jobs in August

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 3:29 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - As businesses try to recover from the pandemic, some are struggling to hire and keep workers.

Before the pandemic, manager Linda Jones said Ki’Mexico ran smoothly. Now, she said the restaurant is taking it day-by-day.

“We’ve lost several employees, whether they’ve moved away or they just wanted a different opportunity. The problem is when you lose multiple people like that, you have to hire so many more people and then the time that it takes to train them. It’s a lot right now,” said Jones.

It’s a struggle Tony Pagni, owner of Southfield Grill restaurants, knows all to well.

“The two stores that I have left, I started with four stores, and staffing contributed significantly to my decisions to closing those two stores,” he said.

Pagni has a sign on the grill’s front door that says it is cutting operation hours due to staffing shortages.

“Now I’m running, closing evenings at Southfield Road location, which has always been open 7 days a week,” he said.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in August of 2021. 157,000 of those workers were in the food service industry.

“It could be that they’re moving away, a lot of them are to bigger cities. It’s a struggle to deal with as many people,” said Jones.

Some businesses say they are using job websites and Facebook ads to try and attract potential employees to fill the vacant spots.

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