Sounding smart about jobs: six things to know today
By: Mike Kanell
Below is an excerpt from the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s piece featuring Hire Dynamics. To read the full article, click here.
“During the past month, the Georgia economy added 18,100 jobs. And that is the strongest September since 1997. But the workforce bulged by 25,737 people, so the unemployment rate went up, he said. “It’s really good news because almost three-quarters of them landed a job right away.”
The labor force since January has surged by 134,082, said Mark Butler, the state labor commissioner.
So despite that increase in the jobless rate, the overall trajectory is one of an improving labor market – good for workers who want higher wages or more choice when it comes to picking where they work.
Hannah Hardy of Winder is one of those taking advantage of that shift.
Hardy, 20, had been working at a restaurant, but it didn’t suit her.
So she left the eatery, linked up with Hire Dynamics, an Atlanta-based staffing agency, and was quickly placed in a job on the second shift at a large distribution center about a 15-minute drive from her apartment.
“Food work really isn’t for me,” she said. “I prefer warehouse work. For me, it’s easy and fast-paced. It’s definitely good work.”
Larry Feinstein, chief executive of Hire Dynamics, said he has seen demand for labor steadily rise for several years. And the company, which sends up to 6,000 people to jobs each week, is especially attuned to the need for workers as the holidays approach.
Even the changes in consumer habits have not undermined the need for help in metro Atlanta’s distribution centers, Feinstein said. “It used to be that the need was in getting merchandise to the stores and now the stores aren’t growing, but they are doing more e-commerce.”
Wages even for the lower-skilled jobs have edged up to $12 an hour, he said. It’s higher for those with particular abilities like fork-lift drivers, he said. “Those guys are making $14 to $16 an hour.””