MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — The owner of a food delivery business said he’s struggling to hire drivers because some people would rather stay home and get unemployment.
While many businesses are struggling during this time, food delivery services are thriving. That’s why Jason Scott said he needs 30 additional drivers right now.
“When it’s more profitable for them to stay home than it is to come out and work, that makes our job even more difficult," Scott said.
Scott started We Deliver in Cookeville when his wife was pregnant and she wanted food delivered. Now, they’ve expanded to Wilson County, Clarksville, and other areas. “We’re tracking the amount of new customers that our service is acquiring every month and it’s hundreds and hundreds of new customers.”
He’s doing everything he can to convince people to come work. “We pay more per delivery than any other service in the state to my knowledge. We pay $4 a delivery plus 100% of their tips,” Scott said.
He said food delivery drivers make their own schedule, and on average they make $8 to $12 on each delivery.
“All of our drivers are 1099 and when the government opened that up where they could receive it, some of those people were receiving the $600 plus standard unemployment so you’re talking a little over $800 a week, where if they were still working for us, they could still make that kind of money"
Scott said he’s worried he will lose customers if they pull out of a community due to a driver shortage so on Thursday he diverted drivers from Cookeville to places like Wilson County.
“Unemployment is a benefit, it helps a lot of people, I don’t want you to think we’re bashing unemployment because we’re not, but it is hard for small businesses like myself and other small restaurants to compete with that,” Scott said.
He’s encouraging anyone who wants work to apply to be a driver with We Deliver on their website.
According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as of May 23rd more than 558,000 Tennesseans had filed for unemployment
What is the rebound?
As Middle Tennessee works to rebound from the impact of the Coronavirus, we want to help. Whether it's getting back to work, making ends meet during this uncertain time, or managing the pressure, we're committed to finding solution. In addition, we want to tell your stories of hope, inspiration, and creativity as Middle Tennessee starts to rebound.
Find more in the sections below
More Safely Back to School storiesHow schools are changing, and what you can do to help your child get the most from their education, in-person or virtual
Getting Back To WorkLearn about the latest job openings, how to file for benefits and succeed in the job market.
Making Ends MeetFind help on topics from rent to food to new belt-tightening techniques.
Managing the PressureFeeling isolated or frustrated? Learn ways to connect with people virtually, get counseling or manage your stress.
Doing What’s RightKeep track of the way people are spending your tax dollars and treating your community.
Keeping You SafeFrom schools to stores to restaurants, learn what’s being done to keep you safe.