Governor Shumlin kicks off 'Bring It Back to Vermont' jobs initiative
Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan have released some initial results of an ongoing survey of Vermont employers showing that many are currently looking for workers and project additional job openings into the future. Of the nearly 600 firms surveyed by telephone, almost 70 percent reported openings at this time and/or expect to continue hiring.
“This confirms what I have been hearing anecdotally when I visit businesses around Vermont – that companies have jobs and are looking for qualified employees,” the Governor said.
Today’s announcement kicked off a committed focus by the Shumlin administration to encourage employers and potential workers – with a special focus on young Vermonters and those who have left the state – to make Vermont home. The Governor said he will unveil Bring It Back to Vermont in the coming months, which will include plans to recruit Vermont college alumni who have moved away, an ad campaign to target younger workers, proposals to ensure affordable housing is available for young families, and more.
“Vermont’s economy is heading in the right direction, with the fourth lowest unemployment in the nation,” Gov. Shumlin said. “This is the perfect time to entice former Vermonters back to their home state and remind employers that Vermont’s quality of life makes it an ideal place to do business.”
Noonan said two interns – one has since been permanently hired by the Department – assisted with the telephone survey, reaching out to companies with 20 or more employees. Of the 594 firms participating, 52 percent have current openings for 2,148 employees. Of those companies, 25 percent expect additional hiring in the future.
The industries with the most job openings were health and sales related; other areas included (but not limited to) construction, farming, computer and mathematical positions, and office and administrative support.
The information is being distributed to the Vermont Department of Labor’s Career Resource Centers around the state to assist in matching qualified job-seekers with employment opportunities. In addition, open positions are being entered into the Department’s central jobs database to allow people looking for work to have easy access to the information. Employers with job openings should contact the Department of Labor to post their positions and have the department search for qualified candidates for those openings. In some cases, the Department can work with the employer to develop an “on the job training” opportunity for a job-seeker, and can qualify for a wage subsidy while the employee is being trained.
State of Vermont, 7.11.2012
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