According to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 10.1 million jobs nationwide at the end of June. North Texas is not exempt, as some industries are feeling the impact of this record shortage.
Victor Garcia is the owner of Soldias Ice Cream in Hartom City. As a small business owner, he said he was feeling the pressure of a record national labor shortage. There is fierce competition to secure employees.
“It feels like things have started since the pandemic started, and it was challenging,” Garcia said. “Last week, five interviews were scheduled, three of which I called earlier and said,” I got a job at McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Taco Bellana. ” “
Chris Dharod, President of SSCP Management, Inc, works in dozens of restaurants in northern Texas. He said employers must support themselves over the long term.
“Unfortunately, I think we have at least another six months of tough staff in front of us, which could last another 12-18 people,” said Dharod.
The problem is even touching the school system. Some districts in northern Texas said they had a hard time filling positions for bus drivers. Plano ISD has released a statement that the transportation sector has raised bus driver wages to $ 21 per hour. Bus routes are combined to alleviate the problem while they are looking for qualified drivers.
There are several reasons why the workforce is invalidated. For example, it includes millions of people who choose to retire, change jobs, or simply retire. Garcia is trying to do it and wants a turn.
“If you need 5 or 10 people and only 2 or 3 people, how can you get things to work?” He said.
The extended federal unemployment allowance ended last week, so employers suspect there is hope for relief if those people soon enter the workforce. But according to CNBC, to stay competitive in the labor market, you have to do more than just raise wages.