Hospitality and nonprofit industries struggle to fill jobs west of boston

MILFORD — A stormy jobs front has arrived in Massachusetts, hitting the restaurant and hospitality industries, as well as nonprofits, particularly hard. Several companies have been forced to add additional incentives to entice candidates to follow and get on board.

“The current labor shortage is one of the most challenging areas our chamber member businesses have faced,” said Robert Schlacter, President and CEO of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. .

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PiNZ – a luxury entertainment and bowling venue that has five locations, including one in Milford – has been struggling with a staff shortage for nearly a year, chief operating officer Don MacLean said.

“Unfortunately there are a lot of people who book interviews and honestly don’t show up,” he said. “Right now, 30% of people who accept interviews actually show up.”

Alan Clayton-Matthews, associate professor of economics and public policy at Northeastern University, said labor shortages are most severe for the lowest-paying restaurant and hospitality jobs.

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