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Why the End of Enhanced Unemployment Won't Solve Restaurants' Staffing Crisis

September 13, 2021

Over Labor Day weekend, the federal government ended its so-called enhanced-unemployment-benefits program, reaching the dreaded "benefits cliff." The benefits, unusually generous by the standards of this country, staved off evictions and allowed many people to hold off on returning to jobs they may have felt were unsafe or were otherwise undesirable. Already, some restaurateurs are excitedly telling the New York Post that this could mean, at long last, the end of their ongoing staffing woes.