Small businesses in Kansas City metro report record hiring crunch

Small businesses in Kansas City metro report record hiring crunch


The need for workers across the country is at a record level, according to a new nationwide survey of small business owners.Nearly half of small business owners say positions went unfilled in the month of May. That’s evident at the Village Flower Company in Prairie Village. Three positions are currently vacant.”I have never had this hard of a time hiring people,” shop manager Cindy Heckman said.Heckman said several people have filled out applications but then do not show up for interviews.”So when you can stay home and act like you’re on vacation, getting paid without having to go to work and your money’s still coming in,” she said. “Where’s the incentive to go to work?”She agrees with the National Federation of Independent Business small business organizations calling for the end of federal pandemic unemployment benefits in Kansas.Gov. Laura Kelly remained firm in keeping the benefits going, while Missouri Gov. Mike Parson approved cutting them off.Kelly has said she is exploring the issue more.The NFIB’s most recent survey of small business owners says 48% of small business owners in May reported unfilled job openings.”That’s 26 points higher than the 48 year average of this poll that we’ve been doing,” said Dan Murray, NFIB Kansas director.Murray said contributing factors like childcare and fear of returning to the workforce could also lead to several job openings. He said ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits is a sure step to help.”Clearly, there are jobs out there,” he said. “I know some people are having difficult times finding the right job but we know there are jobs. There’s a pent-up demand to get folks back into the workforce.”That’s evident at the Village Flower Shop.”There are still needs and there’s still demands,” Heckman said.

The need for workers across the country is at a record level, according to a new nationwide survey of small business owners.

Nearly half of small business owners say positions went unfilled in the month of May. That’s evident at the Village Flower Company in Prairie Village. Three positions are currently vacant.

“I have never had this hard of a time hiring people,” shop manager Cindy Heckman said.

Heckman said several people have filled out applications but then do not show up for interviews.

“So when you can stay home and act like you’re on vacation, getting paid without having to go to work and your money’s still coming in,” she said. “Where’s the incentive to go to work?”

She agrees with the National Federation of Independent Business small business organizations calling for the end of federal pandemic unemployment benefits in Kansas.

Gov. Laura Kelly remained firm in keeping the benefits going, while Missouri Gov. Mike Parson approved cutting them off.

Kelly has said she is exploring the issue more.

The NFIB’s most recent survey of small business owners says 48% of small business owners in May reported unfilled job openings.

“That’s 26 points higher than the 48 year average of this poll that we’ve been doing,” said Dan Murray, NFIB Kansas director.

Murray said contributing factors like childcare and fear of returning to the workforce could also lead to several job openings.

He said ending federal pandemic unemployment benefits is a sure step to help.

“Clearly, there are jobs out there,” he said. “I know some people are having difficult times finding the right job but we know there are jobs. There’s a pent-up demand to get folks back into the workforce.”

That’s evident at the Village Flower Shop.

“There are still needs and there’s still demands,” Heckman said.


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