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Top Priority For Boston Small Business Owners: Fill Open Jobs

Jan 16, 2023 12:03:02 PM / by Larry Julius

230,328 Boston area companies fit the description of being a small business, according to the US Census Bureau.  A recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business Owners found that after inflation, the most critical problem facing these businesses is the inability to recruit and retain quality employees.

Right now, says the Federal Reserve,  unfilled jobs remain near an all-time with 1.7 openings per unemployed person.  As a result, only one person is being hired per every four job openings.  To put this dismal hire-to-opening ratio in perspective, ten years ago, there was one hire per every job opening.

Compounding the recruitment woes of Boston's small business owners is the very stubborn quit rate.  According to the Federal Reserve, for every ten hires made, seven current employees quit. 

Although the labor crunch affects Boston business owners of every size, nearly half of all job vacancies are at companies with fewer than 50 employees.

So what is the best way for local small business owners to attract qualified candidates to fill open jobs?  Most metrics indicate that advertising on Boston radio may be the optimal choice.

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Topics c-level workers, job boards, recruitment advertising, white collar, passive job seekers, active job seekers, Zip Recruiter, blue collar, Indeed, Monster.com, radio recruitment, construction workers

How To Fill Open Jobs In Boston

Sep 10, 2021 2:29:00 PM / by Larry Julius

According to the US Census Bureau, there are 212,351 businesses in the Boston area. Some of these companies are small. Some are large. Some sell machine parts. Some sell software. Some provide legal services. Some provide eyecare.

Regardless of the size of the business or what it sells, all of these local companies have one thing in common: they are struggling to fill open jobs with qualified candidates. This is true in Boston as well as Newburyport, Quincy, Worcester, Framingham, and every point in between.

Right now, across the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 10.9 million open jobs. This is an all-time record.

To put this mammoth number of open jobs in perspective, the Federal Reserve says there are now five job openings per every four unemployed people.

Attempting to recruit Boston workers from the ranks of the unemployed has proven fruitless for local companies. This is because many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic have no intention of returning to the workforce anytime soon.

There are several reasons so many Boston workers are not coming back.

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Topics best way to advertise, radio advertising, recruitment advertising, employment advertising, white collar, Zip Recruiter, blue collar, Indeed

Help Wanted: The Best Way To Recruit Qualified Workers In Boston

May 6, 2021 11:30:40 AM / by Larry Julius

The number of job openings in the Boston area has exceeded pre-pandemic levels, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Businesses of all sizes are adding employees in a big way, according to the ADP Research Institute, but still, large numbers of positions remain unfilled.

With the Massachusetts unemployment rate still at 6.7%, Boston business owners wonder why they are having difficulty attracting applicants for open positions.

According to a recent article posted in The Economist, there are two major reasons why many sidelined workers aren't anxious to come to work. The first is fear.

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Topics radio advertising, social media advertising, job boards, recruitment advertising, employment advertising, white collar, passive job seekers, active job seekers, Zip Recruiter, blue collar, Indeed, Monster.com, LinkedIn

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