Unemployment concerns continue for Roanoke employers despite expiration of benefits

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Even though unemployment benefits ended for millions of Americans over the weekend, employers in the Roanoke Valley are still facing challenges when it comes to finding workers.

A local nonprofit, Total Action for Progress (TAP), received unexpected results while holding their job fair in Roanoke on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Tabatha Cooper, the human resources director for TAP, gave startling numbers for how many people actually showed up.

“We actually only had about five individuals that showed up today” said Cooper.

Cooper further stated that many people see working from home as a safer option due to coronavirus concerns and protocols.

TAP will be holding another job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Meanwhile, Butch Craft — who owns the Roanoker Restaurant — has also been affected by the shortage of workers. She’s even had to close down evening dining due to people not wanting to work.

“I know that we have set up a lot of interviews and people did not show up. I don’t know what you attribute that to,” said Craft. “Some people say its not them receiving unemployment. But, in my mind I can’t attribute it to anything but that.”

Meanwhile, the Virginia Employment Commission announced they will once again be enforcing the “waiting week” for unemployment benefits as of Sunday, Sept. 5.

The change will mean that those applying for benefits must submit information and meet all eligibility requirements, but payment will be withheld for the first week.

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