A California city is asking retirees, stay-at-home parents and students to work 20 hours a week in struggling businesses to help ease the labor crisis, a report says

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Retail and restaurant workers are in high demand.Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP / Getty Images

  • A California city is asking retirees, stay-at-home parents and students to fill vacancies for 6 months, according to a report.

  • This is a temporary solution to help alleviate labor shortages.

  • Companies across the United States are struggling to find labor.

A city in Northern California is urging local retirees, stay-at-home parents and students to go to work and help ease the work crisis, CBS Sacramento reported.

The deputy mayor of Folsom town has partnered with the local chamber of commerce to launch a new campaign urging these groups to work 20 hours a week for six months at local businesses struggling most to find labor, such as shops and restaurants, according to the report.

“Our hope is to bridge that gap,” Joe Gagliardi, CEO of The Folsom Chamber of Commerce, told CBS Sacramento. “It really is a short-term solution where people who have time and are committed to the community want to help. We are not talking about people who work for free, we are talking about people who have time on their hands as they might be. “able to allocate it to some of our companies,” he said.

Cities and states across the United States are increasingly looking at unconventional ways to address a labor shortage that is crippling businesses across the country. The retail and restaurant sectors are particularly hard hit, as workers – discouraged by low wages, long working hours and rude customers – drop their jobs to pursue other careers.

In some cases, teenagers and retirees have picked up jobs in their place. During the summer, the employment rate for teenagers reached its highest level since 2008, when struggling companies struggled to recruit young workers. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, over 2.5% of retired workers were “retired” in October, possibly tempted by higher wages and more opportunities.

“It’s crazy you’re talking to any restaurant, it’s like, yeah, one in ten might show up for their interview, nine out of ten just might not show up,” says Jeff Back, owner of Folsom Restaurant Back Bistro, for CBS Sacramento.

Back said the mayor’s new move is already making inroads.

“It’s only been a week or two and we’ve already had several people come up and say, ‘I can help, I can help, what do you need?’,” He said, according to the report.

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