This past week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has confirmed there's a nationwide worker shortage crisis, prompting some businesses to up their hourly pay to entice new employees.
For example, Ohio-based fast food chain White Castle is testing a $15 hourly wage in Detroit, where it was having a particularly hard time hiring new workers.
And now local amusement park Kings Island has announced they'll be upping the starting wage for 900 seasonal positions to $18 per hour for the 2021 season.
Those positions include jobs in Food & Beverage, Lifeguards and Security associates, says the park.
“For the Cincinnati and Dayton area, Kings Island has been a preferred employer for so many since the parked opened in 1972,” says Mike Koontz, vice president and general manager, in a release. “This increase in pay will help us remain the employer of choice and continue to deliver the fun and memorable experiences our guests expect from a visit to Kings Island.”
As reported by FOX19, the park has had to reduce its operating hours in light of a labor shortage. In a notice to season-pass-holders, the park said hours would run 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through June 10 instead of its usual 10 p.m. Regular hours are slated to resume June 11. For the latest, visit visitkingsisland.com/calendar-and-hours.
Kings Island has also increased the starting wage for other jobs (aimed at those ages 16 and up) to $15 per hour, and added a new program where associates can make up to a $3,000 bonus.
Employees also receive other perks like discounts, free meals and free admission to any park run by Cedar Fair, the parent company of Kings Island.
For job info or to apply, visit visitkingsisland.com/jobs.