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Papa Murphy’s owner has some labor problems

MTY Global says it is delaying openings and closing some restaurants during the week because it cannot find enough workers.

Workforce

Restaurants made little hiring progress in September, federal stats show

Industry employment leveled off for a second month despite a steep climb in wage rates, according to the latest measures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Back in the day, restaurateurs didn’t have to worry about that sort of thing. Trouble is, we’re no longer back in the day, says RB's Reality Check.

“Our brand is back and we are stronger than ever,” the eatertainment chain’s CEO said Thursday, noting the company has emerged from the pandemic hitting new high watermarks on nearly all financial metrics.

An early shopping season and fewer seasonal workers could intensify demand for employees this season, according to a Snagajob study.

Groups such as One Fair Wage intend to ask the state's first female governor, Kathy Hochul, to close the gender wage gap by disallowing the concession for restaurants.

More cities and states are taking their minimums to $15. Big companies are raising their wages in advance of those moves. The impact has changed the economics of the industry.

Realistic or not, a $15 wage holds the promise of a better life for restaurant employees.

The burger giant and its franchisees are getting more applications, and argue that people who start their careers at one of their restaurants have better financial security later in life.

A survey of operators found nearly 30% already pay $15 an hour, but most are skeptical that the business can function at that pay level.

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