States with the Highest Job Openings
There are no immediate signs that the demand for workers is going to let up. Itâ€™s yet another reminder that government and business leaders alike need to find ways to get more people off the sidelines and focus on strategies that expand the labor pool in America. – Bob Funk, Express CEO
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. March 14, 2018
Kelly Carpenter, an Express Employment Professionals franchise owner in Columbus, Ohio, has never seen a time like this.
â€œWhat we are experiencing is different from any other year,â€� she said, talking about the high number of job openings available through her office. â€œRecruiting is a huge challenge in the Columbus area. Good talent is very hard to find, and employers donâ€™t have the time and resources to recruit for their positions. Unemployment is very low in Columbus, and the talent pool is very small.â€�
According to a new analysis released today by Express, Carpenterâ€™s office has the most job openings of any Express office in the United States. And Ohio is one of four states, along with Texas, California and Illinois, boasting more than 1,000 openings.
Rounding out the top 10 states are Indiana (914 openings), Washington (813), Georgia (726), Pennsylvania (713), Florida (639) and Minnesota (616).
The sharp increase in economic growth has many businesses in our community adding staffâ€”specifically in the skilled labor industry, according to Richard Yoerk, an Express franchise owner in Champaign, Illinois.
â€œWe saw an increase of 147 percent in the demand for skilled labor,â€� he said. â€œIâ€™m pretty optimistic that weâ€™ll see solid growth in 2018.â€�
Janis Petrini, an Express franchise owner in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is optimistic about the economy, but doesnâ€™t expect employment to grow further.
â€œWe are predicting flat employment growth over the next yearâ€”not because there wonâ€™t be jobs, but because there wonâ€™t be people to fill the positions,â€� she said. â€œCurrently, itâ€™s estimated there are two open jobs for every one unemployed person in the Greater Grand Rapids area.â€�
Jan Riggins, an Express general manager in Fort Worth, Texas, sees continued good news for job seekers and workers in her region.
â€œWe have enough companies growing that the demand for workers will be so intense that we expect the recruiting crunch we are in to become even tighter,â€� she said.
She predicts the demand for talent will mean improvements in compensation.
â€œWe see pay rates increasing across the board in most industries, and an increased focus on providing benefits and other incentives like a flexible work schedule,â€� she said.
In so many communities, it is a job-seekerâ€™s economyâ€”especially for job seekers with in-demand talents and skills, according to Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
â€œAs weâ€™re hearing across the country, there are no immediate signs that the demand for workers is going to let up,â€� he said. â€œItâ€™s yet another reminder that government and business leaders alike need to find ways to get more people off the sidelines and focus on strategies that expand the labor pool in America.â€�
If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sheena Karami, Director of Corporate Communications and PR, at (405) 717-5966.
About Robert A. Funk
Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 800 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and was also the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
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