Reno Employers Struggle to Find Workers
The latest unemployment numbers for Nevada are out, and they illustrate the problem companies are having here…and that is finding enough workers.
The latest unemployment numbers for Nevada are out, and they illustrate the problem companies are having here…and that is finding enough workers. Sarah Haslip of PeopleShare, Inc. represents a company looking to hire 180 temp workers in Reno. Make that, trying to hire. As she tells us, "It's been a daunting task. It's a tough market out there with companies like Tesla coming to town, Google..."
The company hiring is in a good field…it’s a national healthcare provider. Haslip says, “These jobs are wonderful, because they offer a career path and they offer advancement." The 180 openings were announced in March. In three months, only four have been filled. She tells us, "It's quite the extreme with this market."
Across town, an entire industry is at a standstill. Construction projects are on hold because they're just aren't enough workers. YESCO branch manager Karen Munson told us, "It's huge, you know? It really is huge, that the shortage is so massive and it's so hard to find those people."
The construction jobs are very good, paying $50,000 to $100,000 a year. A mason earns $28 an hour. But even these are hard to fill…they're up against stiff headwinds: the lowest unemployment numbers here in 10 years. For the first time since 2007, all metro areas in Nevada have unemployment rates below 5%. Las Vegas, 4.8%. Carson City 4.7%. Reno, 3.9%. In those 3 areas, there were 33,600 new hires over the year. Unemployment rates are at a low in all 17 counties.
You can see that playing out all over town. Munson says, "Just talking to any construction company, you're going to hear that there is a huge need for all kinds of workers." While Sarah Haslip’s solution to finding workers is, “Evolving to try and find new ways to attract quality candidates." That means hanging fliers at colleges, veterans groups, supermarkets…anywhere they're allowed to post them. On the July 4th weekend they’ll go to the mall passing them out.
The Nevada chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America invites teachers and counselors to presentations. Munson told us they do them, “to teach them to share with their young students that a field in the construction industry is really something can be beneficial to them." Meanwhile, Sarah remembers when finding workers used to be 'oh so easy': "Absolutely. They came to us and we couldn't turn them away fast enough!”
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