CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Economic experts say the restaurant industry has been hit hardest during COVID.
“They have experienced the biggest drop in jobs in this industrial sector and so they really had to work the hardest to bring people back and are still in difficulty”, explains the vice-president of economic development of the Chamber of Commerce, Charles Wood.
But, the restaurant industry is rebounding much faster than other industries.
âThe strongest growth has also come from this sector,â says Wood. “They added more jobs than anyone else because they cut more jobs than anyone else.”
With the opening of restaurants and – obviously – no remote options for waiters and cooks, restaurateurs are struggling to find staff.
A local entertainment complex is having two hiring events this week to recruit food service staff.
âThe different positions that we will occupy will be from the back of the house – or the heart of the house as we call it – or the culinary and kitchen side, the hosts of the bay, the ambassadors of the event, the people working at the front desk of our GS squad, âsays Andrew O’Gara, Director of Sales and Community Engagement for TopGolf.
Chattanooga recently grabbed the headlines with a record real estate boom that didn’t just leave the restaurant industry looking for workers.
ChattanoogaCalling.com reports that there are more than 21,000 job openings in the scenic town across a wide range of industries.
âThese are people looking for software developers or people looking for truck drivers,â says Wood. “And the good news is that wages are going up.”
TopGolf will be hosting a hiring event Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.