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Top Priority For Tampa Bay Small Business Owners: Fill Open Jobs

Jan 19, 2023 7:01:24 AM / by Larry Julius

123,853 Tampa Bay area companies fit the description of being a small business, according to the US Census Bureau.  A recent survey by the National Federation of Independent Business Owners found that after inflation, the most critical problem facing these businesses is the inability to recruit and retain quality employees.

Right now, says the Federal Reserve,  unfilled jobs remain near an all-time with 1.7 openings per unemployed person.  As a result, only one person is being hired per every four job openings.  To put this dismal hire-to-opening ratio in perspective, ten years ago, there was one hire per every job opening.

Compounding the recruitment woes of Tampa Bay's small business owners is the very stubborn quit rate.  According to the Federal Reserve, for every ten hires made, seven current employees quit. 

Although the labor crunch affects Tampa Bay business owners of every size, nearly half of all job vacancies are at companies with fewer than 50 employees.

So what is the best way for local small business owners to attract qualified candidates to fill open jobs?  Most metrics indicate that advertising on Tampa radio may be the optimal choice.

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Topics passive job seeker, white collar workers, blue collar, online job boards, job boards, employment advertising, help wanted, active job seekers, construction workers

Best Way To Advertise Construction Job Openings In Tampa Bay

Mar 1, 2022 11:34:49 AM / by Larry Julius

Construction companies in the Tampa Bay area will need to recruit 6,600 blue-collar workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2022 to meet the demands of the current building market. These statistics are based on forecasts from Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC), an association comprised primarily of U.S. firms that work in industrial and commercial construction sectors.

"The construction industry desperately needs qualified, skilled craft professionals to build America," said Michael Bellaman, ABC president and CEO. "The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed in November and stimulus from COVID-19 relief will pump billions in new spending into our nation's most critical infrastructure, and qualified craft professionals are essential to efficiently modernize roads, bridges, energy production, and other projects across the country. More regulations and less worker freedom make it harder to fill these jobs."

The construction industry's appetite for new hires in the Tampa area will continue into 2023, according to ABC. It is expected that during that year,  an additional 5,991 blue-collar workers in addition to the normal pace of hiring.

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Topics best way to advertise, radio advertising, recruitment advertising, passive job seeker, radio recruitment advertising, blue collar, online job boards, job boards, employment advertising, help wanted, active job seekers, monster.com, indeed, zip recruiter, construction, hire qualified candidates, construction workers

Recruitment Advertising In Tampa Bay: Best Way To Reach Job Candidates

Jan 7, 2022 4:10:27 PM / by Larry Julius

There are 123,853 small businesses in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area, according to the US Census Bureau. Based on projections from the National Federation of Independent Business Owners (NFIB), nearly half of these companies have job openings they cannot fill.

As a result of the acute labor shortage, says the NFIB, 29% of small business owners rank the quality of labor as the most important problem they face. A year ago, only 21% said finding workers was their biggest issue.

The labor crunch in the Tampa Bay area is being driven, in big part, by a record-high number of employees voluntarily quitting their jobs. Just last month, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.5 million employees across the country left their current place of employment.

According to the Wall Street Journal, those who are not currently working say they are in no hurry to return to the workforce. The lack of urgency stems from five primary reasons:

  • 29% say they don't need to work right now because their spouse is employed
  • 28% say they cannot return to work because of care responsibilities at home
  • 25% say they don't need to return to work because they have a financial cushion
  • 20% say they are fearful of returning to work because of COVID-19
  • 5% say they do not need to return because of current unemployment benefits

There seems to be little chance that these resigned workers can be lured back into the labor force. Therefore, to fill open jobs, local business owners will need to focus their efforts towards recruiting among Tampa Bay's "passive" job candidates.

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Topics radio advertising, recruitment advertising, passive job seeker, radio recruitment advertising, social media advertising, online job boards, social media, job boards, employment advertising, help wanted, active job seekers, monster.com, indeed, zip recruiter

Advertise In Tampa Bay: Top 5 Articles From 2021

Nov 29, 2021 2:53:37 PM / by Larry Julius

Based on projections from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Tampa Bay consumers are on track to spend $46.3-billion with retailers by the end of this year. This would be 13.5% higher than was spent in 2020.

To earn a significant share of these retail dollars, Tampa Bay area business owners are expected to spend $1.6 billion to advertise by year's end, according to Borrell Associates. This company tracks advertising expenditures in local markets across the U.S.

To ensure they are spending their advertising and marketing dollars wisely, many Tampa Bay business owners research how to best target prospective customers by using local media. An exceptional resource for local business owners to investigate the media habits of localconsumers is on the advice section of AdvertiseInTampaBay.com.  

Here are the top five most-read articles on the site in 2021:

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How To Fill Open Jobs In Tampa Bay

Sep 10, 2021 4:09:57 PM / by Larry Julius

According to the US Census Bureau, there are 138,637 businesses in the Tampa Bay area. Some of these companies are small. Some are large. Some sell machine parts. Some sell software. Some provide legal services. Some provide eyecare.

Regardless of the size of the business or what it sells, all of these local companies have one thing in common: they are struggling to fill open jobs with qualified candidates. This is true in Tampa Bay as well as Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Brandon, and every point in between.

Right now, across the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 10.9 million open jobs. This is an all-time record.

To put this mammoth number of open jobs in perspective, the Federal Reserve says there are now five job openings per every four unemployed people.

Attempting to recruit Tampa Bay workers from the ranks of the unemployed has proven fruitless for local companies. This is because many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic have no intention of returning to the workforce anytime soon.

There are several reasons so many Tampa Bay workers are not coming back.

First, older workers have opted to retire earlier than expected. Second, childcare issues are making it necessary for some parents to stay home. Third, other workers cite health safety issues for the reason why they chose not to work. Finally, some of the unemployed are choosing to live off the savings they amassed during the pandemic.

So rather than focusing recruitment efforts among former employees and the ranks of the unemployed, local business owners need to target the 1.2 million passive job seekers in Tampa Bay.

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Topics best way to advertise, radio advertising, recruitment advertising, white collar workers, blue collar, employment advertising, indeed, zip recruiter

Help Wanted: The Best Way To Recruit Qualified Workers In Tampa Bay

May 6, 2021 2:51:58 PM / by Larry Julius

The number of job openings in the Tampa Bay area has exceeded pre-pandemic levels, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Businesses of all sizes are adding employees in a big way, according to the ADP Research Institute, but still, large numbers of positions remain unfilled.

With the Florida unemployment rate still around 5%, Tampa Bay business owners wonder why they are having difficulty attracting applicants for open positions.

According to a recent article posted in The Economist, there are two major reasons why many sidelined workers aren't anxious to come to work. The first is fear.

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Topics radio advertising, recruitment advertising, passive job seeker, radio recruitment advertising, white collar workers, social media advertising, blue collar, online job boards, social media, job boards, employment advertising, active job seekers, monster.com, LinkedIn, indeed, zip recruiter

How To Bring Employees Back To Your Tampa Bay Small Business

May 8, 2020 3:13:54 PM / by Larry Julius

In January, Tampa Bay small business owners were in a panic. The unemployment rate was at a record low 3.4%, and there were not enough workers to fill their open jobs. 

As of today, though, Florida is reporting that at least one-in-six of the state's workforce have lost their jobs for COVID-19 related reasons. Yet, many small business owners are still struggling to find employees.

According to The Wall Street Journal, "For some workers, unemployment benefits are now paying more than their old jobs did. For others, safety concerns or a lack of child care, as most schools and day-care centers remain closed, are making them hesitant to go back."

“That’s going to get in the way of any real recovery,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of American Action Forum and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, told WSJ.

The struggle to hire employees creates an additional threat for those Tampa Bay small business owners who received loans under the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program.  

To qualify for the loan forgiveness provision of the PPP, business owners must restore its workforce to pre-Coronavirus levels. This must be accomplished within eight weeks of receiving the monies.

So, just like in January, local small business owners are under pressure to fill open jobs. Advertising on Tampa radio is a potent way to attract and hire the needed employees.

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Topics small business, small business owner, best way to advertise, radio advertising, recruitment advertising, white collar workers, blue collar, online job boards, job boards, employment advertising, help wanted

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