Las Vegas has made an amazing recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic and now businesses say they don’t have enough staff to meet demand.
The city’s economy was devastated by the pandemic, meaning it was one of the hardest-hit areas in the whole of the US.
Now, more people are working in Las Vegas than before the pandemic.
However, businesses like restaurants are now struggling to fill positions.
Todd Clore, the owner of Todd’s Unique Dining on Sunset Road, is now in the kitchen. While he enjoys cooking, he is forced to work the line because the restaurant is understaffed.
Hiring has been difficult for more than a year. Since the pandemic restrictions were lifted, the restaurant has been understaffed.
Clore said: “We are actively hiring, still. It seems like people aren’t either interested in working, or aren’t in this area, or are just not in food and beverage anymore,”
According to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, job losses in Spring 2020 were comparable to those experienced during the Great Depression.
However, unlike previous recessions, the recovery was quick: more than 60 percent of jobs lost returned a year later.
Total employment in the United States is only a percentage point lower than it was before COVID.
Las Vegas has made a strong comeback.
Between March 2021 and March 2022, the Metro experienced the highest employment growth in the country, up 12.6 percent, a 0.1 percent increase over the start of the pandemic.
Clore said. “I am surprised that it came back as rapidly as it did,”
Todd’s is losing business because it can’t hire more staff after going from nearly empty to nearly full due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Clore said: “We went down to five days a week instead of six days a week, that is three more people I don’t have to hire because I can’t find them right now,”
A year ago, FOX5 profiled Greek Chicken on Rainbow Boulevard which, according to a worker, is still closed on Sundays because they too cannot find enough staff and continue to have openings.
Clore said it is frustrating, he just wants to find people who want to work.
He said: “We can help teach you. We would love to have you. We just need some hands.”