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Oklahoma’s economy roaring back as hospitality industry faces critical worker shortage

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As Oklahoma’s economy roars back to life, the hospitality industry is facing a new challenge.  

Restaurants and hotels are struggling to find workers willing to work at their businesses.

They say the critical shortage is causing many to not operate at full capacity.  

“I cannot open to full capacity and take care of business as we normally do,” said Jeff Countryman, the Executive General Manager at Charleston’s Restaurant in Bricktown.

Countryman has been in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years.

He’s been with Charleston’s for eight years and says this shortage is nothing like he’s ever seen.  

“My worst fear of going through COVID and opening back up was not having enough staff to handle the influx of traffic and that’s what we’re kind of going through right now,” he said.  

He says the…

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