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

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By MARCIA HEROUX POUNDS

SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL |

SEP 19, 2019 | 12:58 PM

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.

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