TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -Signs that read “Now Hiring” are posted outside of many restaurants in Lee County. One manager said she’s had to choose between giving employees a day off or keeping the business open.
The Neon Pig Cafe Manager Brooke Ramsey said there used to be five to six people on one shift. But now, sometimes there are as few as two employees working at a time.
"We've had "Now Hiring" for about 8 to 9 months, we've had maybe two or three applications in those 8 to 9 months," said Ramsey.
Ramsey said she doesn't think it's a coincidence that so many local restaurants are experiencing staffing shortages.
“When they extended the unemployment...we knew that it was just going to be a struggle throughout our busiest season which is summertime," said Ramsey.
Ramsey said staff at the Neon Pig has worked tirelessly to bring in new people with very little luck. She added that the shortage is not only a burden for management, but for employees like Daniel Moore as well.
“We’ve been having to put in a lot of extra work," said Moore. "That's fine because we don't mind working, and that's the whole problem because a lot of people don't like working.”
Ramsey said meanwhile, staff will continue to put their best foot forward, to avoid closing or reducing hours.