“The economy’s gotten so much better,” said Cindy Maine, store manager at Sally Beauty on South Willow. “The fact of the matter is there aren’t so many people out there (looking), and there’s a lot of jobs.”
There were 16,597 online job openings for New Hampshire positions between July 1 and Aug. 31, according to Burning Glass Technologies and New Hampshire Employment Security. That’s actually 3,672 fewer than a year earlier.
Alex Aleman, store team leader for the Ocean State Job Lot in Ossipee, said filling openings is challenging.
Job applicants often don’t show up for scheduled interviews, Aleman said at a state-sponsored job fair in Wolfeboro this month.
“We get ghosted a lot,” Aleman said.
He thinks people set up multiple interviews, then “pick and choose what works best for them. The applicant has the upper hand.”
He’s had to hike the hourly pay by a dollar or two over the past two years. He was hoping to fill up to a dozen openings, including a few full-time positions with benefits.
The state’s jobless rate in August stood at 2.5%, exactly the same as a year earlier.
The Job Center, a staffing agency with an office in Manchester, is using about 50 lawn signs.
“I do see a lot of yard signs out for different companies, not just agencies, but companies themselves,” said Amy Miller, Job Center manager for the New Hampshire region.
She figures her agency is using perhaps 30% more signs, but internet job sites normally bring the most applicants.
Pay is high on people’s minds.
“Money is a huge one that we hear a lot, that the pay is not high enough to survive in the state of New Hampshire,” Miller said.
“It’s a tight market,” Miller said. “A lot of people are still looking for jobs, but they’re looking to make more money.”