John White’s “Help Wanted” sign outside Miller’s Café in the Garden Oaks shopping center at 3830 N. Shepherd Dr. has been up for nearly a month – but the phone isn’t ringing.
“Typically, I have people coming in here asking me for jobs all the time – at least weekly,” said White, who co-owns Miller’s Garden Oaks location. “I was going to let that sign ride for a month, then go on Indeed to find people.”
White’s story is not an unfamiliar one. Contrary to what consistently seeing “Help Wanted” or “Now Hiring” signs might imply, many businesses around the country and the local area are struggling to find the necessary workers who help their operation run smoothly.
“I’m not even getting many resumes,” White said. “I’ve had just two people call me in the last few weeks.”
Brad Pruitt, who helped open the first Ike’s Love and Sandwiches location in Houston at 1051 Heights Blvd. in August 2019, said he’s never seen a job market like this one in his six years hiring workers.
“For the most part right now, it’s been people walking in who live in the neighborhood,” Pruitt said. “They see our sign and they come in and say they’re looking for a job. It’s been pretty unreliable trying to get people to even show up for interviews.”
The struggle is a nationwide trend that the local neighborhood has…