FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The worker shortage continues to impact all industries across northeast Indiana.
Rick Farrant with Northeast Indiana Works says in mid-August, there were 16,000 online job postings in the area.
“A job posting may have more than one job, so we certainly have quite a few more than 16,000 openings,” he said.
Farrant said there are multiple reasons for the worker shortage, including pandemic childcare and education needs, pandemic unemployment assistance that ended in September and retirement.
“Some of these might be folks that thought they were gonna wait to retire in two or three years,” he said. “They sort of re-assessed their situation and realized they could probably retire now and stay safe at the same time.”
Farrant said the unemployment rate among people actively looking for work is low.
In fact, he said it’s below 5% in all 11 counties in northeast Indiana.
Recruiters have had to get creative as well to find people looking for work.
“Making events, reaching out on every social media platform, just expanding our mind to reach out to more people in different ways,” Maria Saldana, a recruiter with Hoosier Personnel Staffing, said. “That’s really been different than most of the time. Usually, there’s just people walking in looking, so it’s more like we’re looking for them now.”
Farrant said there’s no telling when this shortage will end or what will happen with employment this holiday season because the pandemic is an anomaly.
“Just as it is difficult for us to predict what’s going to happen with full-time employment, it is equally challenging to figure out what’s going to happen with seasonal employment as we enter the holidays,” he said.