McDonald’s restaurants in Arkansas are expected to begin ramping up employment efforts with a goal of adding thousands of new employees this summer.
Over the next three months, McDonald’s is aiming to hire 3,034 new employees across Arkansas. This includes a goal of 247 new employees in Little Rock.
“As local business owners, we’re proud to provide employment and educational opportunities to our crew members and look forward to welcoming new employees to our McFamily,” local McDonald’s owner/operator David Stokes said in a statement. “We are a people business at our core, and as we start to welcome customers back into our dining rooms, the safety of our employees and customers is a top priority, as it has been throughout our 65-year history.”
The hiring effort comes as many businesses, particularly in the restaurant industry struggle to find new employees to fill available positions. In an April report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that job openings in the United States had increased to 7.4 million by the end of February. However, there were only 5.7 million new hires, and the hiring rate was static at 4 percent.
According to the National Federation of Independent Business, approximately 40 percent of small businesses in the United States could not fill jobs in February, Bloomberg reports. But this is not only a national issue but a local one.
In Arkansas, businesses in multiple industries have had to close down temporarily or permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a KATV interview, Baja Grill owner Heather Baber-Roe said that she was having difficulty finding new employees. The difficulty has become so pronounced that she only has enough employees to cover one of her two Baja Grill locations.
AY Magazine recently began a list to help restaurants seeking job applicants.