from Zero Hedge
Authored by Bowen Xiao via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),
As more and more states start easing pandemic restrictions, restaurants large and small are grappling with a widespread problem: hiring employees.
Owners and managers from New York, California, Washington, and Chicago told The Epoch Times hiring woes have become a nightmare amid a litany of other challenges like indoor occupancy rules. They say the federal unemployment bonuses handed out during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic incentivized people to stay home instead of working.
Now, restaurants are starting the long, hard, and costly climb back to profitability. The lockdowns imposed across the country a year ago have since put out of business over 110,000 eateries, some of them permanently.