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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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Topics Employment, Help Wanted, passive job seekers, online job sites, Recruitment, working mothers, work from home, blue collar, job boards, white collar, active job seekers, zip recruiter, employment advertising, radio recruitment

Consumers Stick With Detroit Radio Despite Pandemic

Mar 30, 2021 1:39:49 PM / by Larry Julius

In 1920, when WWJ became the first radio station in Southeast Michigan, many considered the medium a fad.  Even in 1937, a hit song by George Gershwin, Our Love Is Here To Stay, considered radio to be a "passing fancy and in time may go".

Detroit radio, however, has survived the advent of talking-movies, television, eight tracks, and cassettes in stereo.  More recently, radio has withstood a tsunami of digital options including, YouTube, SiriusXM, Pandora, and Spotify.

As the Coronavirus pandemic rolls over into a second year, Detroit radio has hung tough and not ceded its ground despite listener's shifting lifestyles.  This is crucial news for local small business owners who depend on local stations to market their goods and services.

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Topics best way to advertise, reach, return on investment, ROI, corona, coronavirus, covid 19, recession, advertising reach, in-car audio, pandemic, time spent listening, work from home, radio listening, listening location, commuting

How Has Working From Home Affected Advertising On Detroit Radio?

Aug 24, 2020 6:45:00 AM / by Larry Julius

Before COVID-19, most listening to Detroit radio happened outside the home. Southeast Michigan consumers were tuning-in to their favorite stations from the car on the way to their job. Then, they tuned-in when they arrived at work. They listened again during the commute back home.

Nielsen recently surveyed consumers who worked from home before and during the novel coronavirus outbreak. The results show, as of June, 66% of respondents now work from home full-time as a consequence of the pandemic.

As consumers are compelled to work from their houses and curtail their commutes, the share of at-home listening to Detroit radio has grown by 31%, according to Nielsen.

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Topics radio advertising, best way to advertise, corona, coronavirus, covid 19, advertise on radio, radio commercials, pandemic, time spent listening, work from home, radio listening, listening location

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