'The war for talent is on:' With an increase in open jobs, Richmond area employers scramble to fill open positions
July 9, 2021 - Colleen Curran
The U.S. economy is making a comeback and local companies are scrambling to fill positions.
U.S. employers posted a record high number of 850,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department said on July 2, a steady increase from May’s increase of 559,000. The unemployment rate was little changed, up to 5.9% in June from 5.8% in May.
“There are huge sectors of employees where remote work never has been an option: healthcare, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, and the like,” said S. Douglas Pugh, interim dean for Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business who previously served as chair of the school’s department of management and entrepreneurship.