Jobs available, but filling the “vacuum” of positions is a challenge

More employers are posting jobs with Work Force Solutions of West Central Texas, but a “gap” in the number of applicants still means hiring problems for some, said Bill Dean, its director of business services.

However, “if you’re able to work, work and are willing to work, positions are available,” Dean said. Some employers have had to offer incentives and increase benefits and pay scales “just to be competitive”.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, weekly wages in the 19-county region that make up the Midwest Workforce Development Area increased in the second quarter of 2022 by an average of $74 per week, compared to the second quarter of 2021.

Weekly wages have reached an average of $950 per week in the region, compared to $876 a year ago.

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