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Top Priority For Detroit Small Business Owners: Fill Open Jobs

Jan 18, 2023 7:26:06 AM / by Larry Julius

158,401 Southeast Michigan companies fit the description of being a small business, according to the US Census Bureau.  A recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business Owners found that after inflation, the most critical problem facing these businesses is the inability to recruit and retain quality employees.

Right now, says the Federal Reserve,  unfilled jobs remain near an all-time with 1.7 openings per unemployed person.  As a result, only one person is being hired per every four job openings.  To put this dismal hire-to-opening ratio in perspective, ten years ago, there was one hire per every job opening.

Compounding the recruitment woes of Detroit's small business owners is the very stubborn quit rate.  According to the Federal Reserve, for every ten hires made, seven current employees quit. 

Although the labor crunch affects Detroit business owners of every size, nearly half of all job vacancies are at companies with fewer than 50 employees.

So what is the best way for local small business owners to attract qualified candidates to fill open jobs?  Most metrics indicate that advertising on Detroit radio may be the optimal choice.

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How To Fill Open Jobs In Detroit

Sep 10, 2021 3:31:27 PM / by Larry Julius

According to the US Census Bureau, there are 163,433 businesses in the Detroit area. Some of these companies are small. Some are large. Some sell machine parts. Some sell software. Some provide legal services. Some provide eyecare.

Regardless of the size of the business or what it sells, all of these local companies have one thing in common: they are struggling to fill open jobs with qualified candidates. This is true in Detroit as well as Dearborn, Pontiac, Rochester Hills, Ypsilanti, Birmingham, and every point in between.

Right now, across the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 10.9 million open jobs. This is an all-time record.

To put this mammoth number of open jobs in perspective, the Federal Reserve says there are now five job openings per every four unemployed people.

Attempting to recruit Detroit workers from the ranks of the unemployed has proven fruitless for local companies. This is because many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic have no intention of returning to the workforce anytime soon.

There are several reasons so many Detroit workers are not coming back.

First, older workers have opted to retire earlier than expected. Second, childcare issues are making it necessary for some parents to stay home. Third, other workers cite health safety issues for the reason why they chose not to work. Finally, some of the unemployed are choosing to live off the savings they amassed during the pandemic.

So rather than focusing recruitment efforts among former employees and the ranks of the unemployed, local business owners need to target the 1.7 million passive job seekers in Detroit.

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Topics radio advertising, best way to advertise, Employment, Recruitment, blue collar, indeed, white collar, zip recruiter, employment advertising

Help Wanted: The Best Way To Recruit Qualified Workers In Detroit

May 6, 2021 1:34:31 PM / by Larry Julius

The number of job openings in the Detroit area has exceeded pre-pandemic levels, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Businesses of all sizes are adding employees in a big way, according to the ADP Research Institute, but still, large numbers of positions remain unfilled.

With the Michigan unemployment rate still at 5.2%, Detroit business owners wonder why they are having difficulty attracting applicants for open positions.

According to a recent article posted in The Economist, there are two major reasons why many sidelined workers aren't anxious to come to work. The first is fear.

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Topics radio advertising, social media advertising, Employment, passive job seekers, online job sites, Recruitment, social media, blue collar, indeed, monster.com, LinkedIn, job boards, white collar, active job seekers, zip recruiter

Employment Advertising: Find 94% Of Qualified Candidates In Detroit

Feb 27, 2020 7:15:31 AM / by Larry Julius

Metro Detroit small business owners need employees...desperately.

According to a report from the National Federation of Independent Business, 26% of small business owners say finding qualified workers is their number one problem. 

The report goes on to say that 88% of small business owners looking to hire new employees are finding there are no qualified candidates.

The historically low unemployment figures in Southeast Michigan appears to be the root cause of local hiring woes. The area's jobless rate stands at 3.7%. There are just not enough qualified workers to go around.

Most small business owners have exhausted the traditional methods of recruitment. These include online job board posts, newspaper ads, referral bonuses, and help wanted signs. All to no avail.

To successfully attract the qualified applicants they yearn for, local small business owners need to command the attention of 'passive' job seekers. The number one source for these candidates is Detroit radio.

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Topics small business, small business owner, television advertising, radio advertising, best way to advertise, social media advertising, newspaper advertising, Employment, Help Wanted, passive job seekers, online job sites, Recruitment

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