‘Many unemployed prefer to wait for federal benefits rather than work’

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With many forced out of work, one company says that they were surprised to see that not many are interested in getting a job.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the reduction of work hours and layoffs as businesses around the island are struggling with the loss of revenue.

With many forced out of work, one company says that they were surprised to see that not many are interested in getting a job.

Monty McDowell, the chief executive officer of Advanced Management Inc., a company that provides essential disinfectant services to the community, says that unlike many businesses that have closed up shop or reduced employee hours, his company has seen a boost in clientele.

“Our customers are very concerned about maintaining a good healthy environment for themselves their customers and their employees. And so our phone is ringing all the time and so we hired a dozen employees and we can’t seem to hire anymore,” Mcdowell said.

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McDowell says that he has 50 more vacancies to fill in order to keep up with customer demand but applicants are scarce. He believes it has to do with the unemployment federal aid which is anticipated to assist 38,000 island residents who may qualify.

“I can’t get any of those people to come in and my theory is that they’re waiting for the unemployment money to come in and they don’t want to seek employment because that may keep them from getting that money. So I’m still hiring from the same pool from before the COVID which isn’t much,” McDowell said.

He says he isn’t sure what to do as the dilemma was not anticipated. He says that the stay at home orders by the Governor may also play a part.

The lack of interested job seekers is impacting not only McDowell’s business but its efforts to assist in the reduction and elimination of the virus on the island. If you are seeking employment you can contact AMI about their vacancies.

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