The United States Department of Labor announced 916,000 jobs created in March. This is the most the United States has seen since last August as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
While 513,000 manufacturing and constructions positions have increased over the last month, fast food companies are having a hard time finding employees.
“I think that many people who lost their jobs are living off of their unemployment check and do not have a real reason to find work,” mentioned Don King, a staffing coach for Taco Bell.
While the COVID relief plan has provided many people with stability throughout the pandemic, unemployment benefits have created an incentive for people to stay home.
Fast food companies including Taco Bell have watched sales climb as customers have relied on Drive-Thru and Take-out. Yet fast food dining rooms may not be able to reopen their dining rooms until the second half of 2021 due to labor shortages.
Not only are restaurants competing with each other for employees, they are also competing with other industries; forcing fast food to include incentives for employment.
“For employees on salary, they are eligible for medical benefits and a 401K. This is not something you usually see in the fast-food industry,” Don King said.
The United States restaurant industry in March was about 1.2 million employees short from the same month in 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data. To find employees, Taco Bell is now hosting walk-up interviews where they will hire employees on the spot.
“I will fill out paperwork, get them their uniforms, and hire them for a location right on the spot,” Don King mentioned.
Taco Bell hopes to fill thousands of roles in April for various locations around the United States.