April 23, 2021


Kansas City-area restaurants struggle to hire employees as business picks up

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Restaurants in the Kansas City area are having a hard time hiring employees after being forced to close and down-size because of the pandemic.

Megan and Colby Garrelts own Rye Leawood and Rye Plaza. Megan Garrelts said the restaurant business is dealing with an unprecedented challenge to find workers.

“In the 18 years of owning restaurants in the Kansas City area this is by and large the hardest time we’ve ever had trying to find staff,” Garrelts said.

Between added to-go business, outdoor patio seats and people getting vaccinated, Garrelts said both locations are getting back

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Unemployment Is High. Why Are Businesses Struggling to Hire?

By contrast, “right now what seems to be happening is that job creation is outpacing the search effort that workers are putting forth,” said Professor Marinescu, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania. “Compared to how people reacted last spring, it’s not that long ago, but the situation has changed a bit.”

That is to say, a similar decline in workers’ desire to pursue jobs matters more when there are plenty of jobs to go around, which is increasingly the case as the economy reopens.

In other research on the expanded jobless benefits, Peter Ganong of the University of Chicago

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GreatAmerica Financial is looking to hire

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – The people at GreatAmerica Financial in Cedar Rapids work with equipment retailers all over the country to finance their businesses. That could be for office space, IT or construction-related businesses.

“We partner with them much like a bank, but the difference about Great America is that we’re privately owned, really we’re a family business,” said Linzey Brunton, who works as a sales and operations support functional leader. “So we have the flexibility to do things that really we can adapt quickly. We’re always looking for what’s new, what’s innovative.”

Usually, its headquarters building in Cedar

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