It’s Getting Even Harder To Fill Jobs

Difficulty of Filling Jobs

If I have a wish for 2018, it’s that we can expand the conversation beyond simply ‘job creation’ to ‘worker creation.’ We need to turn unemployed people, and workers on the sidelines, into qualified workers. – Bob Funk, Express CEO

Chris Ashcraft, who runs an Express Employment Professionals office in Mobile, Alabama, says it’s getting harder to fill jobs in his area. Unemployment is hitting new lows, meaning fewer workers are available.

“Right now, we are trying to recruit employees into the area from outside,” he said.

Ashcraft is not alone. Anne Woods, an Express office owner in Covina and Santa Fe Springs, California, says finding people is “harder than this time last year, but about the same as it has been for the last six months.”

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Express office owner Janis Petrini notes, “We have full employment, and so companies are having to be creative about how they will tackle the shortage of labor.” Despite the challenges, she’s optimistic.

“The community partners have come together to talk about innovative and creative ways to train and cross train the workforce,” Petrini added.

In a recent survey of businesses from Express, more than three-quarters of respondents said it was “difficult” to recruit and fill positions, more than in any of the previous four quarterly surveys.

Respondents were asked, “Currently, how easy is it for you to recruit and fill positions?”

Forty-five (45) percent said, “somewhat difficult,” and 31 percent said “very difficult.” Just 21 percent said “somewhat easy,” while 2 percent said “very easy” and another 2 percent said “I don’t know.”

When asked why jobs are not filled, 37…

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