Nebraska’s low unemployment rate means businesses are competing for the best workers.
Stan Odenthal, director of employment and training with the state Department of Labor says it is more competitive for certain industries than others when looking to fill vacancies.
“There’s definitely a talent gap in Nebraska when it comes to IT occupations, so the more people we can get into that career pathway, the better things will be for Nebraska employers that employ individuals in the IT sectors,” Odenthal tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He says the department has staff dedicated to helping businesses find qualified workers.
That includes coming up with a recruitment plan, offering interviewing space, and organizing job fairs.
The Department encourages job seekers to use the state’s employment website. NE Works allows individuals to upload their resume, so businesses can find the best candidates.
“We may email someone who is registered in NE Works who may not be aware that there’s a job that matches their skills,” Odenthal explains. “So we try to make those matches as much as possible between job-seekers and employers.”
Even with low unemployment in the state, Odenthal says there are part-time workers or under-employed people looking for a new full-time job.
“A lot of people just want to improve their lives and find something just a little bit better,” he says. “Whether you’re out of a job or you’re currently in a job and want to improve where you’re at economically, we’re here to help.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:34]