WORKFORCE TRENDS

WDEL Interview 12/15/2023

by placers on December 15, 2023 in WDEL Radio

 

 

Peter MacArthur interviewed Chris Burkhard of Placers Staffing about the current job market and economy. They discussed the latest jobs report, which showed 199,000 jobs added in November. Chris said this is a sustainable level of job growth that could lead to lower interest rates and avoid a recession. He noted the unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% as people are coming off the sidelines to find jobs.

 

They talked about Delaware’s job market specifically. Chris highlighted strong demand in healthcare, hospitality, skilled trades like welding, and manufacturing starting to rebound. He also noted Delaware’s workforce has grown to over 500,000 for the first time.

 

As people consider career changes for 2024, Chris advised doing a self-review of accomplishments over the past year before deciding next steps. He dispelled the myth that companies don’t hire over the holidays, saying critical roles are filled year-round.

 

Chris explained that Placers helps coach job seekers by reviewing resumes, cover letters, preparing for interviews, and connecting them with potential employers. He said job searching is a specialized skill and it’s helpful to have expert support. The key role Placers plays is matching people to jobs based on their transferable skills.

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