Market benefits job seekers as hiring adapts

Unemployment rates are a measure of those who are actively looking for a job but fail to find it.

In the Mid Hudson Valley, the unemployment rate has returned to roughly where it was before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And yet, businesses across the region are scrambling to fill vacancies and keep existing employees in a market of job seekers.

At the start of a third year of a pandemic that has changed the way business is done, it is the “Great Resignation” of 2021, during which workers quit their jobs and pledge to seek a better work-life balance. privacy, which shapes employment. countryside.

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“It really puts a lot of pressure on businesses,” said Sandra Jackson, owner of the staffing firm Express Employment Professionals in Poughkeepsie. “A lot of people are looking for remote work. People are looking for flexibility in the hours. “

Sandra Jackson, owner of the Express Employment Professionals location in the city of Poughkeepsie on January 12, 2022.

In response, many companies are increasing wages, offering incentives, or offering more flexibility in scheduling than in the past, in order to attract the right candidate.

Still, there are those who say they can’t find the right job. Career counselors say it’s because the process has changed. Getting hired can now depend on networking and building a personal brand, rather than just submitting a resume.

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