Jersey Shore business owners struggling to fill seasonal jobs blame $ 300 federal unemployment supplement – CBS New York
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Memorial Day weekend is only a month away and summer is expected to be busy on the Jersey Shore.
But businesses – and even cities – are struggling to find people to work on the shore this year, CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported on Friday.
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Before the wave of tourists arrives for the busy summer season, families take advantage of the relatively calm weather on the shore.
“Just spending time together. Just enjoying this ocean, you know, ”said Catherine Lisasuain, who lives in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.
Many businesses are struggling to fill thousands of seasonal positions as summer approaches.
Some attribute the shortage of applicants to the federal unemployment benefit of $ 300 / week in addition to the state unemployment check.
“Now they’re like, ‘Hey, I’m not coming back. I earn more now with the perks I get, plus an additional $ 300, ”Seaside Heights Mayor Tony Vaz said.
The mayor said it was difficult to say exactly how many jobs were vacant, but noted that it was a lot.
“I would say over a thousand. Over a thousand, ”he said.
“Right in Seaside Heights?” Caloway asked.
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“Right in Seaside Heights,” Vaz replied.
On Lavallette Beach, the jobs crisis hit The Crab’s Claw Inn hard. The restaurant is short of nearly 100 workers. A sign on the door warns customers that service may be slower as a result.
Owner Sam Hammer said he would normally choose from a stack of apps at this time of year. But this year, he said, he’s competing with the government check.
“I don’t like it, but I can surely understand. Collect unemployment plus an additional $ 300 each week and sit on the beach, ”Hammer said.
The promenade from Jenkinson to Point Pleasant Beach needs to fill at least a few hundred positions. Unemployment money is partly to blame.
There are also fewer seasonal workers coming from overseas due to the pandemic.
Toby Wolf, who has Jenkinson’s disease, encourages people visiting the shore to be patient.
“So be patient with the workers who come. They put it all together, ”Wolf said.
This $ 300 federal unemployment supplement will expire in September. So officials near the shore expect the hiring crisis to last all summer.
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Nick Caloway of CBS2 contributed to this report.