- September 4, 2021
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The latest jobs report released Friday shows Florida added nearly 64,000 new private sector jobs in July, with many in the hospitality industry.
The unemployment rate saw a slight uptick from 5% in June to 5.1% in July. The unemployment rate was 11.5% n July 2020 when Florida first opened up after the COVID shutdown.
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Meanwhile, several Jacksonville restaurants continue to struggle with the ongoing labor shortage despite adding thousands of new jobs.
Chad Munsey, the co-owner of The Bearded Pig, said they are now closed on Mondays to give staff a break.
”Both kitchen and the dining room. They’re just worn out,” he said. “You feel like you’re underwater — always behind.”
The Bearded Pig is hiring both back-of-house and front-of-house positions.
In June, Florida stopped providing federal unemployment benefits. Also, those on unemployment must apply for five jobs a week.
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”We saw a little bump in applications,” Munsey said.
He added that some might be hesitant to return to work with the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.
Munsey said food distributors and alcohol purveyors are also feeling the nationwide labor shortage.
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