A record-high 48% of small business owners nationwide in May reported unfilled job openings (seasonally adjusted), according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report.
State-specific data is unavailable, but a May survey of NFIB members in Tennessee said an overwhelming majority of those were struggling to get people to even apply.
“These survey results clearly show how difficult it is right now to find employees,” NFIB State Director Jim Brown said. “We are hopeful the hiring environment in Tennessee will improve soon because the state is ending the federal pandemic-related unemployment compensation early, but, until that happens, hiring will remain a challenge.”
The temporary federal benefit is set to expire in September, but Gov. Bill Lee said it will end in Tennessee effective July 3.