There is good news, bad news, and better news for Maine small business. Spoiler alert: the better news is Maine employers are successfully using Portland radio to engage, recruit, and retain their best new employees.
The good news: the U.S. economy added 252,000 new jobs in December. According to the Labor Department, this caps a 12-month stretch of job growth unmatched since 1999, according to the Labor Department.
The bad news: Maine small businesses are having a hard time competing for qualified and skilled employees. In a recent article in Forbes, management consultant Dan Schwabel said, "If you ask any HR executive what their biggest challenges are, the skills gap is typically unanimously noted. I’ve been paying close attention to this trend over the past few years and the gap is actually widening instead of closing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there were 4.7 million job openings in June and more than half of employers say that they can’t find qualified candidates. This issue will progress until the college curriculum aligns with the current job marketplace. This year, we found that only 2% of companies are recruiting liberal arts majors but schools still offer those degrees. Companies need to start working with colleges so that students get the necessary skills to fill the gap."