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Upscale restaurants can’t find workers

Despite jobless rate, facilities scramble to fill high-skilled positions and part-time shifts

Will Gilson (left), directed a staff meeting at Puritan & Company. Many cooks he has interviewed are either seeking a second part-time job or are culinary school graduates expecting more pay than what the restaurant offers.

Over the past month, Skipper has scoured college campuses, hosted a booth at a Cambridge job fair, and slipped into after-hours hangouts popular with bar and restaurant workers to woo prospective hires. Despite those recruiting efforts, he said, 30 positions remain open.

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