TEMPE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Dr Dylan Hernandez runs a chiropractic office in Tempe, which has been quite busy lately, so he placed an ad for an assistant. It’s a job he thought he could do right away. He was wrong. “There were just a lot of people who applied for the job, scheduled interviews for the next day or the next day, and then just didn’t show up for the interview,” Hernandez said.
This small business is one of many struggling to hire new employees. Some places do not receive any candidates. Others receive applications, then blow themselves up when it’s time for a follow-up or interview.
Rick Murray of the Arizona Small Business Association believes there are a number of reasons workers are so hard to come by right now.
- The COVID-19 crisis is causing more people to reassess their priorities, perhaps choosing to spend more time with their families.
- Some people choose to work from home.
- Emergency unemployment benefits were offered during the peak of the pandemic to help people get back on their feet.
“I honestly think the amount of money people are making out of work certainly keeps them at home,” Murray said. “I think it certainly forces small businesses to re-evaluate what they’re paying as well.”
Covid relief programs begin to expire for millions of Americans
The pandemic unemployment assistance and emergency unemployment benefit programs are expected to expire in the first week of September, which could encourage more Arizonans to re-enter the workforce.
Hernandez is already considering making future vacancies more attractive. “I really think the salary has something to do with it and it’s something that we are working to improve,” Hernandez said. “As an employer, we have to look at many different factors.”
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