Employers struggle to fill jobs amid surge in openings, employment agency says – Action News Jax

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Businesses in northeast Florida need workers, says CareerSource Northeast Florida, an employment agency.

“Over the past few months, companies have contacted us to help us fill positions of approximately 3,000 people or more,” said Rebecca Livingston of CareerSource.

The agency reports that from May through June, 4,084 Floridians visited its agents in northeast Florida for help finding and filling jobs.

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“What we’re hearing from employers is that they’re having trouble hiring people for their positions. The jobs are there, but there just aren’t enough job seekers right now,” Livingston added.

These are challenges felt across the country.

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a massive increase in job openings — 9.3 million of them, up 12% from the 8.3 million openings in March.

Still, employers only hired 6.1 million people, the data shows.

Locally, CareerSource has no data to explain why employers are struggling to fill positions.

Meanwhile, the state plans to stop giving unemployed Floridians the extra $300 a week from the federal government.

“To me, $300 is a help,” Will Lipscomb said. He’s not unemployed himself, but says a few hundred dollars can make or break a family.

A mother who did not want to identify herself told Action News Jax that the decision would cause more harm than good.

“They’re knocked down, so the only way for them to get back up is unemployment,” she said.

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In the meantime, CareerSource wants Northeast Florida residents to know they’re not alone.

The agency helps people find jobs and fill positions for free.

The agency says it is seeing an increase in jobs in hospitality and retail – these jobs have been hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.