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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Frantically trying to hire workers, fast-food franchises are offering aggressive incentives to get candidates in the door.

Why it matters: Hourly workers are hard to find, just as people are starting to venture out to restaurants and take vacations that should include lots of fast food stops.

What's happening: Chains are offering higher salaries and other perks to compete for food service workers.

  • Chipotle increased its average pay to $15 an hour, and is offering career advancement opportunities to manager positions with potential six-figure salaries. A window sign at a San Francisco Chipotle (spotted by Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva) touted $20.50 an hour.
  • Wendy's is offering $100 signing bonuses, referral bonuses and same-day pay.
  • Dunkin' Donuts has posted signs on its drive-through menus offering benefits such as healthcare, flexible schedules and paid time off.
  • A McDonald's in Arlington, Va., touted $500 sign-on bonuses. At an Orlando Cuba Libre, candidates were offered $1,000 bonuses, with the option to be paid in bitcoin.

Between the lines: The desperation for workers means many food-service outfits have to loosen their hiring standards and put up with sub-par workers longer to keep the lights on.

What to watch: The high demand for food service workers this summer could provide a variety of opportunities for first-time workers who want to gain some experience — such as teenagers, who are having their best employment summer since 1953, per CBS.

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Why almost no one is looking hard for a job

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

There are around 10 million unemployed Americans and over 9 million open positions. But most people aren't urgently seeking out those jobs.

The big picture: For the first time in decades, workers have the power to be choosy.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Jun 29, 2021 - Technology

Google Maps adds info on nearby food pantries

Image: Google

Google is making it easier for those who are hungry to find a local food bank by offering a new locator tool within Google Maps.

Why it matters: The 2021 reality is there are plenty of people in the U.S. who have plenty of access to the internet, but not enough access to food.

Pelosi says it's her "plan" to appoint GOP Rep. Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that it is her "plan" to appoint Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to the House select committee investigating the deadly Jan 6. Capitol riots.

Why it matters: Pelosi's statement to ABC's "This Week" comes after she rejected two of the five Republican appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).