Hospitality Labor Shortage Leads to Job Openings and Opportunities

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The US economy continues to decline in the second quarter of this year.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its latest report Thursday morning, showing the economy shrank another 0.9%. However, this was less than the 1.6% drop in the first quarter.

This means that 2022 has seen two consecutive quarters of economic decline.


What do you want to know

  • The economy shrank another 0.9%, although less than the 1.6% drop in the first quarter, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • Report raises fears of recession as Federal Reserve hikes interest rates to curb inflation
  • Just like the airlines, the hospitality industry is also experiencing staff shortages
  • Many companies in the industry are beefing up their perks, offering great incentives to attract new employees and promote from within

The report raises fears of a recession as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to curb inflation. This comes as more and more people are traveling this summer.

According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, 60% of American adults say they are more likely to take vacations now than two years ago.

If you can’t wait to hit the road, a vacation could soon be on your mind.

But if it’s been a while since you’ve stayed at a hotel, you might see a difference. Just like the airlines, the hospitality industry is also taking a hit.

Jenn Clark Fugolo of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Foundation told Caroline Blair of Spectrum News 1 that 97% of hoteliers told them in a recent survey that they were experiencing a staffing shortage, and 50% say it’s severe.

Oxford Economics analysis conducted on behalf of the AHLA Foundation predicts that hotels will end the year with a drop of 166,000 workers, down 7% from 2019.

From bellhops and receptionists to chefs and hotel managers, the industry is not immune to the “big quit”.

Fugalo says the industry is doing what it can to win back workers who may have left for various reasons, while bringing a new, diverse pool of talent to the industry.

In response to the crisis, many companies in the sector are reinforcing these benefits, offering great incentives to attract new employees and promote from within.

They now offer programs such as apprenticeships, tuition reimbursement, scholarships and mentorships, as well as salary increases, signing bonuses and extended benefits.

Fugalo says companies are really looking to fill that talent pool to provide upward mobility if you’re looking for a career in hospitality. But until those positions are filled, industry experts say they expect shortages when you arrive. They say you are free to comment, but remember to be patient.

Now, in better economic news, fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week.

According to the US Department of Labor, 256,000 people applied for first-time benefits last week, down 5,000 from the previous week. The previous week’s number was revised to 261,000, the highest weekly level since last year.

The unemployment rate is still at 3.6% for the fourth consecutive month, a 50-year low.

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