Low Unemployment Rates Have A Downside

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

January 30, 2007

Hearing only 1.6% of residents in Albemarle do not have jobs sounds good, but it also means there aren't enough potential employees to fill open positions.

“We have one of the fastest job growth rates in the commonwealth, so we're producing jobs faster than we can produce workers to fill those jobs,” said Teresa Turner of the Virginia Employment Commission.

According to the local state employment commission health care, construction, retail, hospitality, and service jobs, all have a hard time finding employees to fill open spots in the county.

“We have had some companies who have decided to expand in other regions of the state because in areas located they could not find enough workers to add a new shift or expand an existing shift,” said Turner.

Leaving the Virginia Employment Commission to look at areas with higher unemployment rates for potential employees, even as far as Richmond and Lynchburg.

“Can we pay enough to encourage those workers to commute in to help resolve our man power problems?” asked Turner.

In some areas of the country facing the same problem, employers have gotten together and bused people in from places with more unemployed to the areas like Albemarle with a lot of job openings, but Turner said it has yet to get that bad.

Danville is home to the state's highest unemployment rate at eight percent.

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