The unemployment rate in Maine last month, according to Maine's Department of Labor, was 2.9%. This is the lowest rate since Eisenhower was President.
Ironically, this so called good news for the economy is actually a dose of bad news for Maine business owners. Their growth and profitability is being hampered by an inability to fill critical job openings.
The labor crunch is affecting businesses of all types and sizes ranging from lobster boats to jet engine makers. Diana Roberge, a recruiter for Hannaford, one of Maine’s largest private employers, told the Portland Press Herald that the company has a wide range of positions open, from part-time jobs in retail to management jobs at its corporate headquarters in Scarborough.
Ms. Roberge also told the paper, "We just have to get more creative with how we recruit." This sentiment was echoed by recruiters like L.L. Bean, Bangor Savings Bank, Tyler Technologies, and EMHS in a webinar hosted by the SBA and Portland Radio Group
Many Maine companies have had success finding the qualified candidates they need by ditching traditional recruitment methods such as job boards, job fairs, and newspapers. Instead, they are turning to radio advertising to target candidates who are already working, perhaps for a competitor, but not currently looking to make a change.