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Oregon McDonald’s asks 14-year-olds to apply amid labor shortage
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A McDonald’s in Medford, Oregon is so desperate for workers that it’s plastered a huge banner in front of the restaurant calling on 14- and 15-year-olds to apply for jobs.
"There are always staffing issues, but this is unheard of," Heather Coleman, the restaurant operator, told Insider.
The sign has drawn about 25 new applications in two weeks, Coleman told the outlet, adding that she previously raised the store’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, but that didn’t lure many applicants.
Anyone 14 and older can legally work in Oregon, but 14- and 15-year-olds cannot work during school hours and are limited to three hours on any school day, according to the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. They also can’t work more than eight hours on non-school days.
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Coleman’s family has operated McDonald’s franchises for 40 years and had never had the trouble finding new workers that she’s seeing amid the nationwide labor shortage — which has lingered as American workers stay on the sidelines even as job openings soar to a record high.
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