JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The latest jobs report released Friday shows Florida added nearly 64,000 new private sector jobs in July, with many in the hospitality industry.
The unemployment rate saw a slight uptick from 5% in June to 5.1% in July. The unemployment rate was 11.5% n July 2020 when Florida first opened up after the COVID shutdown.
Meanwhile, several Jacksonville restaurants continue to struggle with the ongoing labor shortage despite adding thousands of new jobs.
Chad Munsey, the co-owner of The Bearded Pig, said they are now closed on Mondays to give staff a break.
”Both kitchen and the dining room. They’re just worn out,” he said. “You feel like you’re underwater — always behind.”
The Bearded Pig is hiring both back-of-house and front-of-house positions.
In June, Florida stopped providing federal unemployment benefits. Also, those on unemployment must apply for five jobs a week.
”We saw a little bump in applications,” Munsey said.
He added that some might be hesitant to return to work with the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.
Munsey said food distributors and alcohol purveyors are also feeling the nationwide labor shortage.
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