June Jobs Report: Small Businesses Continue to Struggle Finding Workers

Date: July 01, 2021

A record net 39% of owners reported raising compensation

NFIB’s monthly jobs report published today shows 46% of small business owners have job openings they could not fill in June, down two points from May but still above the 48-year historical average of 22%. Small business owners continue to struggle to find qualified workers for their open positions and are raising compensation at a record high level.

“In the busy summer season, many firms haven’t been able to hire enough workers to efficiently run their businesses, which has restricted sales and output,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “In June, we saw a record high percent of owners raising compensation to help attract needed employees and job creation plans also remain at record highs. Owners are doing everything they can to get back to a full, productive staff.”

More details from the June report:

  • A net 39% of owners reported raising compensation (up five points), a record high. A net 26% plan to raise compensation in the next three months (up four points).
  • Up two points from May’s report, 63% of owners reported hiring or trying to hire in June. A seasonally adjusted net 28% of owners plan to create new jobs in the next three months.
  • Finding qualified workers remains a problem, as 89% of those hiring or trying to hire reported few or no qualified applicants for their open positions in June.
  • Forty percent of owners reported openings for skilled workers (unchanged) and 22% have openings for unskilled labor (down five points).
  • In the construction industry, 60% of the job openings are for skilled workers (up nine points). Sixty percent of construction firms reported few or no qualified applicants (unchanged).
  • Unchanged from last month, 26% of owners said that labor quality was their top business problem, remaining as the top overall concern. Eight percent cited labor costs as their top business problem.

If your business is struggling to fill open positions, NFIB wants to hear about it. Send us your story here. 

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