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As South Florida tourist season nears, hospitality workers are in short supply

September 23, 2019 | Filed under: CSBD News

Via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Hundreds of housekeeping positions are posted for South Florida hotels on Employ Florida, the state’s employment site, while there are thousands of job openings for cooks and food prep workers, both at hotels and restaurants. The job openings are only expected to grow as new hotel properties and restaurants open this coming tourist season.

“We can’t find people to fill the vacancies,” said Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. She said the tight job market, where there are more jobs than unemployed people, is one factor. Ritter said hospitality workers also tend to jump to new properties, which then creates job openings at hotels on the beach and elsewhere.

Mason Jackson, who heads CareerSource Broward, the county agency that works to fill jobs, said the need for hotel and restaurant workers “is probably more acute than in previous years.”

"And we haven’t hit the season yet,” Jackson said, adding that demand is expected to grow as Florida and South Florida are already seeing record numbers of tourists this year.

Employers are telling CareerSource Broward they need housekeepers, maids, chefs, cooks, hosts and hostesses, and many other positions “across the board,” he said.

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A housekeeper at a hotel in Miami prepares a room for a new occupant. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)