A California city is asking retirees, stay-at-home parents, and students to work 20 hours a week at struggling businesses to help ease a labor crunch, a report says
Retail and restaurant workers are in great demand.Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP / Getty Images
A California city is asking retirees, home parents and students to fill vacancies for six months, according to a report.
This is a temporary solution to alleviate the labor shortage.
Companies in the US are struggling to find workforce.
A northern California city is calling on local retirees, home parents and students to go to work and ease the labor crisis, CBS Sacramento reported.
The Folsom City Vice Mayor has partnered with the local Chamber of Commerce to launch a new campaign encouraging these groups to work 20 hours a week for six months in local businesses that are having the most difficulty finding workers, such as shops and restaurants, according to the report.
"Our hope is to fill this void," said Joe Gagliardi, CEO of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, to CBS Sacramento. “It really is a short term solution that people who have the time and are committed to the community want to help. We're not talking about people who work for free, we're talking about people who have the time they might be able to attribute to some of our businesses, "he said.
Cities and states in the US are increasingly looking for unconventional ways to address a labor shortage that is crippling businesses across the country. Retail and hospitality are particularly hard hit as workers - put off by low wages, long hours and rude customers - leave their jobs to pursue another career.
In some cases, young people and retirees have taken jobs in their place. Over the summer, teen employment rates reached their highest level since 2008 as troubled companies sought to recruit young workers. And, according to the US Bureau of Statistics, over 2.5% of retirees were retired in October, possibly tempted by higher wages and more opportunities.
"It's crazy, you talk to every restaurant, it's like, yes, one in ten might show up for their interview, nine out of ten just won't show up," Jeff Back, owner of Folsom restaurant Back Bistro, told CBS Sacramento .
Back said the mayor's new initiative is already having an impact.
"It's only been a week or two and we've already had several people say, 'I can help, I can help, what do you need?'" He said, according to the report.
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