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NM hotel business struggles to hire workers, blames ‘back to work’ incentives

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“It makes us curtail hours of operation for our food operations, we have to curtail our banquet operations, and simple things,” Perez said. “Even the amount of rooms we can serve on a weekend because we don’t have enough housekeepers or servers to service those rooms. So it’s really impacted the business to a huge degree.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Mexico’s unemployment rate was nearly 8% in June, tying with Connecticut for the worst unemployment rate in the country.

The New Mexico Business Coalition believes the extra unemployment benefits from the federal government is to blame.

“Many employees are happy to be home and happy to get paid to be there,” said Carla Sonntag, president and founder of the New Mexico Business…

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