Small businesses struggle to find workers

Small businesses struggle to find workers

Himmelright normally doesn’t work in the warehouse, but she’s had to help out in the past year because they’re in need. Emily Himmelright is experiencing that. She works in administration and finance for LINC Foods, a local Inland Northwest farm to table cooperative. It works with local farms to bring boxes of fresh farm food to people across Spokane. “We’ve had an ad out for nearly a month and we’ve had two partial applications,” she told 4 News Now.

SPOKANE CO. Wash. –The pandemic left millions of people without a job as the U.S. unemployment rate, at one point, reached 14 percent. Updated: April 10, 2021 5:05 PM

The latest report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows it’s at six percent. However, local businesses are having a tough time finding some of those workers. Posted: April 10, 2021 5:04 PM

“There’s a huge amount of pent up demand to get going again, of course, since everyone’s had to make big adjustments. We’re seeing right now an explosion in hiring,” said Mariah McKay, the director of SIMBA. Places like Global Neighborhood Thrift are seeing a boost in business. But, it’s tough to keep up as they can’t find workers. The Spokane Independent Metro News Alliance (SIMBA) says shops and restaurants adapted to pandemic-era business, where there were shorter business hours and fewer people. Now, that’s changing.

“We’d usually have a stack of, you know, 10 or more resumes, cover letters and we interview at least three people. This has been a surprise to all of us that it’s been so slow this time around,” Himmelright said. That’s unusual for LINC Foods. Before the pandemic, they had a good pool of applicants.

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