Scenes from a jobs crisis as NYC struggles with a workforce shortage

Scenes from a jobs crisis as NYC struggles with a workforce shortage

Startling new information has revealed that New York had a roughly 300,000-person drop in its workforce for the reason that pandemic. Whereas New York added 13,500 jobs in December, it leaves the town in need of pre-COVID ranges.

Some from the town share their struggles coping with a employee scarcity and the way enterprise is down.

Vacationers aren’t right here

Sevestet Sakar, 78, proprietor of leather-based retailer Village Tannery within the West Village, has been in enterprise for 49 years. 

“We had been three individuals working in manufacturing and we solely ended up sustaining one of many three,” she stated. “We strive, however it’s part-time. It’s not full-time. We needed to scale back the manufacturing.” 

“Cash is down,” most likely “midway” for the reason that pandemic. 

“To start with, now we have individuals not coming down. No one was going out. It picked up slightly bit however it should by no means be the identical. The most important loss is the vacationers. There are not any vacationers coming into the nation. We now have very worldwide prospects.” 

NYC has handled a employee scarcity for the reason that begin of the COVID pandemic.

Not sufficient employees 

“It’s a multitude,” says a supervisor at Italian restaurant Il Mullino within the West Village. “You can’t discover the individuals who know what they’re doing for the reason that pandemic . . . The dishwasher, they used to scrub dishes. Now they break glasses and dishes, and so they chortle. There’s nothing you are able to do.” 

The restaurant had 35 staff earlier than the pandemic however now has extra part-timers, growing that quantity to 45, “as a result of they solely wish to work sure days, sure hours.” 

Excessive turnover  

Ziyad Hermez, 38, proprietor of Manousheh, a Lebanese bakery on Bleecker Avenue, stated he’s on the identical variety of 12 staff for the reason that pandemic, however it’s been arduous to retain them. 

“We’ve simply been placing job advertisements up, and so they don’t come down. The roles advertisements are at all times up. We’re continuously interviewing,” he stated. 

Ziyad Hermez stated it has been arduous to keep up his 12 staff. Steven Vago/NY Put up

“It’s been a lot slower,” he stated — that means for the reason that pandemic, including that he made $900,000 to $1 million in gross sales pre-pandemic, in comparison with $600,000 in 2022. 

“We had been at all times capable of finding individuals on the finish of the day to interview and prepare them. The issue is how lengthy do they final, proper? Earlier than we’d have individuals which are right here for a minimum of three months.” 

He stated now individuals final two weeks. “I’ll schedule like 60 interviews for the week, and two individuals will present up. The quantity would possibly sound loopy however actually that’s what occurs.”

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