It’s the lead story on their nightly newscast every night,
They just released January figures. 8.3% or 13.7 million unemployed in the United States. For Tulsa, December figures show 6.8%, over 28,000 unemployed
I have one question, Where are they?
Recently Ebsco Spring has been searching for up to 4 entry-level positions, requiring little experience or skill. We utilized local temp agencies but it was understood that these were not temp positions. We went weeks with no credible applications. No one interested in applying. So where are all of the unemployed?
In more skilled positions, such as maintenance, I am seeing near bidding wars for qualified applicants. Companies are buying out the temp agency contracts and paying signing bonuses to attract qualified applicants. Again, not a lack of jobs, a lack of qualified applicants.
I am not doubting these people are out there, just questioning who they are. Are these highly skilled individuals from high paying jobs that are looking. If so I can understand why they would not be interested in our entry-level positions. The point is that I am seeing sales rebounding to and beyond pre-crisis levels, positions opening and help wanted signs everywhere. Yet no applicants. A shortage of qualified help.
Are these individuals being left behind by an economic recovery? Has businesses permanently shifted their needs away from the skills these individuals posses and moved on? Has anyone told these individuals there may not be any jobs like they had available in the future? Has anyone talked to them and encouraged education and training in new directions for them?
I propose a lot of questions and do not pretend to have any of the answers. I do not know if I am even asking the right questions. What I do know is I have a problem reconciling Ebsco’s record sales and struggles to find enough employees to keep up and other companies hiring and expanding with these unemployment numbers.
I hope there are much smarter individuals out there asking the right questions and finding the answers so the unemployed can find the jobs they need to put their lives back on track. Prosperity has a place for everyone.