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Business owners are hiring but ‘fighting for same pool’ – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-09-15 18:32:51 –

Oregon’s unemployment rate is now 4.9%

Bar in the restaurant (KOIN, file)

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) —Daniel Shoemaker Teardrop Lounge In the Pearl District. For months, people haven’t applied for a job.

However, in the last few weeks, the shoemaker has made its final recruitment and is now fully staffed.

It’s been two weeks since the additional unemployment allowance ended. Other owners of the hospitality industry also said there were employment problems as many people left the industry forever during the pandemic.

“I don’t know if it’s the end of unemployment and profits,” Shoemaker told KOIN6 News. “Experientially, finding people is much easier.”

Usually he trains new bartenders for 6 months to a year before they start running. This time he hired and trained about eight people at a time.

“The training program here is fairly intensive in its own right, and I usually take one and train them during the year,” he said. “Now we have to do it with multiple people at once.”

He said he and the other owners thought it would be easy to find a worker.

“Everyone I know is hiring. Now that everyone is hiring, we are all fighting for the same pool,” he said. “But obviously the story we all missed is that many people have left the industry altogether.”

Oregon’s unemployment rate has fallen According to a new report from the Oregon Department of Employment, it was 4.9% in August. This is the lowest rate since 3.6% in March 2020.

The shoe store has 15 employees and all his staff said they were vaccinated. With the spread of the Delta Variant, the Teardrop Cocktail Lounge has begun to require vaccination certification for customers to get inside.

He said about 50 other restaurants and bars also need proof of vaccination.

“This is the only safe way to navigate this this time,” he said.

The business is doing well as the majority of his patrons are already vaccinated. “We were on the verge of extinction every day. We are not yet.”

These are just a few new hurdles that local businesses are trying to overcome at this point in the pandemic.

“Basically, the industry is based on people who work when everyone else is having fun,” said the shoemaker. “That’s an essential part of the problem.”

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