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Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and IowaWORKS hold job fair amid labor shortage

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:07 PM CDT
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MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) - Over thirty employers were hiring at the drive-thru job fair on Wednesday in Muscatine. The Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry teamed up with IowaWORKS to help fill positions amid a tough labor shortage for businesses.

“We have seen a variety of companies whether it’s a small company, family owned, all the way up through our larger manufacturing, they are all having the same issue which is we have job openings and we just can’t seem to find the candidates,” says Rebecca Paulsen with the Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Paulsen says there are hundreds of jobs available in the Muscatine and surrounding communities.

“We have forty-five to fifty flyers in the bag and each of those have multiple listings, some with more than ten. So it’s really a wide range of jobs,” says Paulsen.

Now with school out for many, employees hope to target teenagers to help businesses fill positions and find workers to curb the shortage.

“With school being out recently we know there are a lot of high schoolers looking for work as well as recent graduates but we are offering jobs at multi-levels. We have jobs from beginning sixteen-year-old jobs all the way up through management positions,” Paulsen says.

“If you are needing employment now is the time. There are lots of employers out there and there’s lots of incentives at this time,” Jamie McLaughlin with IowaWORKS says.

Some employers say recruiting workers is even harder in smaller towns.

“It’s definitely tough considering all that’s going on especially in these small towns it affects everybody. We have a smaller pool to choose from. In our larger markets like Cedar Rapids, Ames, and Iowa City, we have much more tenured staff. So a bigger core group that really holds it down each and every day,” Bryan O’Neil, Recruiting Coordinator with O’Brien Family McDonald’s says.

Although staffing has been an issue, O’Neil says sales have not.

“So it’s all about meeting that demand and making sure we are able to offer that service that people expect,” says O’Neil.

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