Alabama small businesses are struggling to find enough job applicants
NFIB State Director Rosemary Elebash says a new NFIB survey shows many small business owners would be willing to hire and train high school students to work summers and part-time during the school year.
“One of the biggest issues facing our members right now is finding enough people to work,” Elebash said.
The email survey of NFIB Alabama members found that 61.5% of respondents would be willing to hire and train students as full-time employees for 10- to 12-week summer positions.
In addition, 76.9% of respondents would consider hiring and training high school students if they could work part-time during the school day as part of a cooperative education program.
The survey also found that 65.4% of respondents would give preference to job applicants with a training certificate from a junior college while 53.8% would be willing to offer higher wages to workers with a training certificate.
“This wasn’t a scientific survey, but it indicates how difficult it’s become for employers in general and small businesses in particular to find and keep qualified job candidates,” Elebash said.
The latest NFIB Jobs Report found that 40% of owners nationwide had positions they couldn’t fill. Thirty-six percent of owners nationwide reported raising compensation in August, while a net 26% of owners plan to raise compensation in the next three months