Jobless Returning to Work

by Jan Frazier

Stowe, Vermont (Washington Insider Magazine)  Hundreds of thousands of people were out of work after nearly fourteen months of Covid-19. However, now America’s economy is on the rebound. Surprisingly, employers are desperate for workers.

Eduardo Rovetto, a restaurant owner in the resort city of Stowe, Vermont, “is hoping the state of Vermont’s reinstated requirement that people who are collecting unemployment benefits must seek work to qualify.” He is ready to open his restaurant and needs employees.

Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge – Rovetto’s restaurant – is ready to open and is expecting a surge of customers during the summer, but Rovetto is worried about having enough workers.

Rovetto is “offering a signing bonus of up to $600 to try to add 15 to 20 employees who agree to stay through the middle of October.”

With the economy rebounding quickly, employers nationally have now added 266,000 jobs. They all have a similar story – there aren’t enough workers to fill the positions.

One way to encourage people to seek employment is to make it more difficult to stay on unemployment. “Many blame the easy benefits that followed the pandemic, including what is now a $300-a-week supplemental federal payment on top of state benefits.” Unfortunately, it seems that many people are finding that they are making more money by staying home than by going to work.

Some of the states are now requiring that those people receiving unemployment checks must show that they are on a regular basis looking for work.

Labor experts say that it’s not just about federal and state supplements. Some of the people are hesitant because they are fearful of catching the virus. Others have located new and different jobs and are not going to return to their former place of employment. And because of virtual learning in the classrooms, some mothers are obligated to stay home and care for the children until they return to school. 

Rachel Mata, the owner of Mega Force Staffing Group, Inc., held a job fair recently and had only one candidate apply for a job. In other cases, a person has applied and gotten a job, only to not show up on the first day of work.

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, “the heart of the state’s $20-billion tourism industry, restaurants and resorts are scrambling for summer help. Hotels are so short-staffed that managers are working double duty, cleaning rooms, and doing maintenance.”


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