Though I have been seeing this for a few years, I still find it a bit mind boggling. I work in Las Vegas, where the unemployment rate is even higher than the national average. Many of the casinos are union, which translates to about $15-$17/hr for a cook. AND YET. It is so hard to find employees.
Right now I am very short staffed and working everyone on overtime ($25/hr), and many of them don't want it. They normally work an 8 hour shift that includes a 1 hour paid break with a free meal and yet they don't want to work late.
Now it isn't everyone. Some love the chance at the extra money, and I do have many amazing workers. Some just have family commitments and I understand that. But beyond that I am amazed at how hard it is to attract and keep people in some of these positions.
The work may be a bit repetitive, but I would think there would be people lined up wanting this kind of work while the economy is still recovering.