BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — We now know which Baton Rouge businesses received a helping hand from the federal government during the pandemic as millions of dollars were awarded statewide thanks to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
Post-pandemic life has many U.S. businesses back up and running, but that doesn’t mean everyone is ready to get back to work.
“It just seems like the hiring process is not what it used to be. People might work for a day, and then they disappear,” said Coffee Call Part-Owner Brandi Catoire.
Coffee Call is just one of many area businesses that received a grant from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. According to a recent report – the shop received a grant of about $125,000 to help get them back on their feet but that doesn’t mean everyone is ready to get back to work.
But, outside of receiving the grant, owners say they’re now dealing with understaffing.
“Maybe it’s time to get back to work and they are not too eager yet,” she added.
Some business owners speculate that it’s the stimulus.
Jordan Langlois filed for unemployment after uncertainty struck.
“Where I worked closed, and we all got unemployed and I realized shortly after that I was making more money than I was making in a check,” said Baton Rouge resident Jordan Langlois.
The most recent information from the Louisiana Workforce Commission shows that 55,000 people filed for unemployment.
“It’s hard to come back around because it was there, the money was almost good and I could do a lot more with my time,” explained Langlois.
However, after things started to open back up, Langlois regained his drive to work again.
“I’ve had people tell me ‘thank you’ for coming back to work, ‘thank you for working’ because I think a lot of people are starting to see the impact of people sitting back and collecting a check,” he said.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is launching a “Back To Work Louisiana” state-wide job fair on August 4 as federal benefits and stimulus checks come to an end on July 31.