Help Wanted Does Not Mean They're Hiring

6:19 PM, Sep 8, 2011   |    comments
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Triad, NC -- The United States' unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent for both July and August.

At the same time 3.2 million jobs were posted in July by employers across the country, according to the recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey released by the Labor Department. Those jobs didn't get filled in August.

Elon University Professor of Economics, Steve DeLoach, said that businesses aren't hiring yet. While the openings are posted, DeLoach said it is costly to bring in new hires. There is also uncertainty for employers after talks of the debt ceiling and the stock market put businesses on edge in August.

"Just because businesses have job postings, doesn't mean they have to hire anybody," said DeLoach. "It's easy and cheap to post an opening. But, they can just sit and wait until things kind of calm down and stabilize."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the number of job openings increased in the Midwest, the South and the West in July. In the Northeast, the number of job openings didn't change.

Manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities jobs saw an increase in job openings. DeLoach said that includes auto-workers, manufacturing and shipping of goods, wholesale and retail sales.

"Manufacturing is where we typically do see jobs bounce back once you're coming out of a recession," said DeLoach.

If you're looking for job openings, there are resources right here in the Triad. 

Guilford Technical Community College offers "Quick Jobs" courses. The classes are designed to get you a specific job quickly. Diane Dean with GTCC said the areas of interest are jobs they have seen a need for recently. Some of the most popular are the health insurance billing clerk course, the medical receptionist course and a dental assistant course.

The HR Group, Inc. in Greensboro has also seen more job openings in certain fields. CEO, David Moff, said he's seen more openings in finance and IT. Moff has said he's seen a need for non-profit developers, as well as sales people.


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