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Skills Gap in Boston / Restaurant jobs are going unfilled

Shang Skipper is running out of time to solve a problem he never expected. In a few weeks, Skipper plans to open Del Frisco’s Grille in Chestnut Hill, and despite the state’s relatively high unemployment rate, he can’t find enough workers to fill well-paying jobs with benefits at the chain restaurant.

Over the past month, Skipper has scoured college campuses, hosted a booth at a Cambridge job fair, and slipped into after-hours hangouts popular with bar and restaurant workers to woo prospective hires. Despite those recruiting efforts, he said, 30 positions remain open.

“It’s surprising that we see these unemployment numbers and still aren’t getting enough applicants,” he said.

But at many upscale restaurants in the Boston area, that seems to be the case. Even with 250,000 people out of work in Massachusetts, restaurant owners say they have vacancies for positions ranging from part-time host to experienced sous chef.

“It’s become a much tighter and more competitive work environment,” said Bob Luz, president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. “The economy is on the road to recovery, and the talent pool is thinner.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at 

Boston Globe

via Restaurant jobs are going unfilled despite high unemployment rate – Business – The Boston Globe.

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