San Juan, Jun 10 (EFE News) .- Unemployment benefits during the pandemic left several sectors in Puerto Rico with labor problems to meet the supply of jobs, especially in restaurants, some of which did not they can open their doors in the absence of employees.
Human Resources specialist Wanda Piña explained to Efe on Thursday that unemployment benefits, although they have provided support for those who lost their jobs due to the covid-19 pandemic, at the same time caused many people to prefer to stay at home instead to respond to the multiple job offers available.
Piña stressed that, according to data from the Puerto Rico Department of Labor, currently 88,000 Puerto Ricans – out of a total population of 3.2 million – are unemployed, but that despite this there are great difficulties for employers to fill vacancies.
The specialist stressed that the problem is especially serious in the restaurant sector, in which many businesses have stressed that they cannot open to the public because they cannot find employees who respond to their job offers.
THEY PREFER TO STAY AT HOME He said that with a minimum wage of $ 7.25 per hour – which is usually paid in restaurants – potential employees prefer to stay at home and live on unemployment benefits.
“Some people are receiving about $ 300 a week in unemployment benefits, compared to about $ 250 that they can earn with the minimum wage,” Piña said to explain why many people prefer not to work.
“They earn more by staying at home,” said the specialist, after underlining that the first problem that arises in the face of this fact is that in sectors where wages are in line with the federal minimum, they do not directly have workers to meet the needs of entrepreneurs.
“In restaurants, some businesses cannot open their doors because they cannot find personnel to operate them,” he said, adding that logically this is a drag on the Puerto Rican economy.
THE AID WILL BE ENDED “The goal is not for people to stay at home,” he stressed, after warning that unemployment benefits will disappear in September.
Article source: https://es-us.finanzas.yahoo.com/