Employers on the hunt for job seekers

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Carol Keeling, a Panama City Beach resident, has been unemployed since Hurricane Michael.

"When Panama City Health and Rehab got destroyed, it left me out of a job," said Keeling.

What she didn't realize is just down the street from her home, two local restaurants are looking for applicants.

"Looking for all positions; hostesses, bussers, food runners, needing kitchen staff as well," said Pineapple Willy's Manager Jeremy Evans.

"The gift shop is hiring, they need bussers, food runners, kitchen staff," said Pineapple Willy's and Wicked Wheel's Marketing Director Jared Knetzer.

Since the storm, restaurants like Pineapple Willy's and Wicked Wheel haven't seen the usual amount of job seekers.

"We just kinda have had a shortage of applicants, we've been trying to hire over here at the Wicked Wheel for a while now and ever since the storm we lost people," said Knetzer.

Maria Goodwin with CareerSource Gulf Coast says now people are dealing with more roadblocks.

"We don't have as many people here as we once had, and then they just have additional barriers, some of them have transportation, some of them are living outside of the area," said Goodwin.

Evans says applicants are only trickling in.

"We've had a few people come in, mainly towards the beginning of the week then it kinda drops off as the week moves on," said Evans.

Still, Evans says he's not worried about having enough staff when they plan on opening the doors around the second week of February.

"We're just, you know, needing a little more staff than what we have now but we'll get there," said Evans.

And Carol Keeling might come in to answer their prayers.

"I would apply for it," said Keeling.

If you are interested in applying to either restaurant, both employers said you can swing by at your earliest convenience to drop off an application.