BANGOR — The pandemic left millions of Americans unemployed and some people are still hesitant to get back to work.
Jason’s Pizza, located on Hammond Street, has been serving customers for decades.
General Manager Zachary Black said they have been experiencing recent staffing shortages.
“It’s kinda on going like for most people in the Bangor and Brewer areas and restaurants are— definitely struggling for kitchen help and delivery drivers,” he said.
Zachary Black has been working for Jason’s Pizza for four years and claimed staffing is not the only thing they are short on.
“Right now, a lot of products are extremely difficult for us to get. It’s common for us to be out of a lot of things. I am encouraging customers to be patient,” he said.
According to the Maine Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Maine remains at a steady 4.8 percent after the pandemic.
Employee Nick Pelkey said this staffing crisis has not just influenced the Bangor location, but has also influenced other locations in the area.
“We had to shut down our Brewer location for a while. People are staying home, so I think everybody is still a little bit weary about getting out,” said Pelkey.
Raquel LaPlante is the kitchen manager at Bagel Central in downtown Bangor said she believes unemployment benefits have contributed to this staffing shortage.
“I feel if we get rid of the unemployment, it’s going to push people to get back to work. I feel like if we have unemployment, people are going to want to stay home and collect unemployment,” said LaPlante.
Zachary Black said Jason’s Pizza, among other local businesses, need your help.
“I encourage a lot of high school, college students, this is a great job for them, very flexible nights, weekends, you are working for a mom and pop shop,” said Black.
If you are interested in employment with this local business, you can apply online or walk into any Jason’s Pizza location.