Lafayette, LA- There are more job openings than you can imagine. Employers look forward to hiring new employees everyday. Everywhere you turn, there's a now hiring sign outside of businesses.
The owner of Landry's Donuts and Coffee tries to recover from the pandemic, he is faced with a new obstacle...finding workers.
"The most frustrating part is trying to hire people, and no one wants to work... no one wants to work nowadays. We've been having a now hiring sign outside front for two months."
He's also short staffed. Billeaudeau says his business has been around since before the pandemic but finding new hires has become one his biggest challenge these days.
"We pride ourselves on customer service. We can't serve our customers without the people to do it. We have a great staff in place now they just have to work longer hours."
With no signs of unemployment being extended louisiana cutting off federal unemployment benefits at the end of july, Billeaudeaui hopes to see more job seekers. Still, he hopes they understand he won't be able to pay what they were receiving weekly.
"Our product has gone up. Everything has gone up. If we go up in wages, we might have to close the doors."
Others believe there are multiple reasons for the shortage of workers.
"Some people are scared of the virus and some people have gotten use to staying home."
As more businesses put out more now hiring signs, the hope is for more staff in lafayette's service economy.
The three hundred dollar increase in weekly benefits was implemented for those who do not qualify for traditional unemployment benefits or those who have been unemployed long term. The Biden Administration says enhanced unemployment benefits will expire on September 6th.