This year we have had to raise wages substantially to get and retain good laborers. Our experienced Hispanic laborers with clean driver's licenses are making more than 20 an hour. Wages have gone through the roof. I've raised most of my prices about 20% this year, excluding mowing.I'm networking the heck out of my friend base which is a lot of Hispanic. Either they are getting $ from the gov, already have a job, or they want an astronomical amount per hour. Word is out that they are in need. I've had a few tell me $20 or $25 and hour cash... Yeah but nope. I'm desperate but not stupid. Both wanted under the table cash. Again nope.
Was already mentioned here, advertising In multiple ways. All good candidates, but not able to follow directions, and not listening to directions are huge with me.The help is out there. One must find them yourselves. Relying on agencies and ads and interwebs for this type of work is becoming futile so it seems from all the posts in the last 17 months. The old way of "hiring" is a tired concept. Be different. Meet the perspective help/labor/talent in person somewhere outside a business setting. "Shoot the ****", find common likes, converse with them as a friend and fellow human. Do not put up a fake facade as a slave employer. Be real. Kick a little ***! Have fun with it.
Every single one of my hired help came from me being out in the public, at stores, the library and functions/entertainment venues. Peruse the local gig joints. Go meet peolple at the many leagues most cities have(dart, pool, softball, baseball, soccer, biking etc). Many festivals to check out. Farmers markets. City functions. Fairs. Park and rec facilities. Hell one of the gals on our crew I met at the local recreation center while ice skating at an open slate time slot. All my help/friends/crew, they are all still here within the venture we have set up going on 7 years later.
Easily a quarter of working aged adults in my city are out of work. (Kind of nice that traffic has been conceivably almost halfed). Another 3rd, probably more of the remaining 3/4's are working from home now.
Feel out and change yourself going forward. It will lead to a change in the structure of your business. Time to throw away the "old way of doing things". Letting the city/state/fed control your business/labor isn't getting hard laborers anywhere. Getting the 900 pound "gorillas" off your backs will lead to a happier healthier you. Effect will come from that in your endeavors.