Places Hiring Near Me: Yardbird Restaurant Hosts Chicago Job Fair Amid National Hiring Shortage

CHICAGO (WLS) — A national labor shortage is causing problems for local businesses trying to hire people.

A new federal report released Tuesday says job openings jumped to 11.2 million in July.

Figures indicate there are nearly two jobs available for every unemployed and job-seeking person, which national restaurant chain Yardbird says the shortage is making it harder to staff its next Chicago location.

The restaurant started the first of a two-day job fair on Tuesday in hopes of filling nearly 200 vacancies.

“I want to hire 25 servers. I want to hire 25 line cooks and prep cooks,” said general manager TiJean Rodriguez.

Dorian Hudson attended the event in hopes of securing a position.

“I’ve worked all over this industry,” Hudson said. “From concession to fast-food through gastronomy.”

As restaurants continue to recover from the pandemic, Rodriguez said recruiting and retaining staff is one of the biggest challenges. She said to stay competitive, places offer bonuses and other incentives.

“They’re looking for restaurant culture,” Rodriguez said. “They’re looking at how well the company treats them. What kind of benefits are they going to get.”

If 2022 promises to be better for the restaurant industry, it still remains unstable. Some owners report stagnant sales, while others say they have seen growth.

“[Restaurants are] do more delivery, more fulfillment, more digital, interfacing, outdoor dining,” said Sam Toia of the Illinois Restaurant Association. “That’s what you have to do in the restaurant industry. Even in good times, you always have to keep reinventing yourself.”

In addition to employment issues, the restaurant industry is still grappling with supply chain issues that can drive up costs. In the meantime, Yardbird remains on track to open its Chicago location in late September.

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