2022 posed challenges in hiring but in ways favored the job hunter

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — In 2022, wages in the Rio Grande Valley elevated for some as employers confronted new challenges to recruit and keep an ample workforce.

Even if employed already, many Valley residents had been apparently seeking to commerce up for higher jobs and better pay.

“The [Valley] was the solely place in the nation with job purposes as its high trending ‘close to me’ search,” in keeping with Google info obtained by ValleyCentral.

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In 2022, three of the Valley’s top-10 trending Google searches pertained to discovering employment: No. 7 was “receptionist jobs close to me,” and No. 8 was “distant jobs close to me.”

Those searches don’t shock Rey Tijada, enterprise providers supervisor with Workforce Solutions Cameron County. Over the final two years, individuals right here have been searching for alternatives to work at home.

Americans had been leaving their jobs in droves in 2020 — when the phrase “The Great Resignation” was coined to clarify how individuals had been leaving the workforce amid issues about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I don’t know if that was a giant factor down right here, but what I can inform you: Job seekers are being actually selective about the jobs that they’re taking,” Tijada stated. “I imply, that’s tremendous. They need to have the ability to market themselves and attempt to get what they’re price.”

2022’s job market modified

Over the course of the pandemic, the job market modified.

“This 12 months, particularly, now that issues have began to get again to some type of normalcy, individuals have began to come back again out and search for work,” Tijada stated. “But they’re searching for various things.”

Cameron County job hunters are searching for greater wages, seeking to change occupations, and plenty of are wanting to have the ability to stay at residence whereas incomes pay, Tijada informed ValleyCentral.

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“I believe lots of people bought actually comfy with that mannequin of working from residence, I believe that some individuals have seen that it could work efficiently,” he stated. “And as a result of some individuals bought used to it, I believe they even began to search for alternatives like that — that don’t even exist right here.”

By definition, distant work will be finished wherever — and subsequently native job hunters haven’t restricted their searches to their hometowns and native employers have misplaced some staff to distant work outdoors Cameron County. This solely complicates native hiring efforts.

“[Remote workers] can work from wherever they need,” Tijada stated. “So that’s one factor that we’ve seen. Employer demand, so far as needing to rent, has skyrocketed. Ever since the pandemic, there’s been healthcare shortages. We have individuals in manufacturing industries additionally searching for individuals, but particularly in hospitality and meals service.”

Wages are growing

Those industries at the moment are hurting for candidates, Tijada stated.

Cameron County has recovered from a staggering unemployment charge of 15.4% in April 2020. The unemployment charge was 5.6% in October.

In Hidalgo County, the unemployment charge was 6.1%, an enchancment over the 16.6% charge in April 2020.

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This coincides with greater paychecks. Average weekly wages rose 8% in Cameron County and 5.1% in Hidalgo County for the second quarter of 2022, in keeping with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics knowledge.

Tijada advises employers they’re competing for the similar candidates and to contemplate what’s going to set them aside from others in the native hiring market.

“Job seekers are actually attempting to go along with their most suitable choice, and the most suitable choice for them in phrases of wages, no matter the case could also be, is a giant a part of it,” Tijada stated.

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