There are hundreds of open full, part-time and seasonal jobs at retailers, warehouses and some offices this holiday season. The problem is people are fearful of contracting COVID-19 and employment applications aren't coming in as fast as in previous years during the holidays.
People Ready Employment Agency in Evansville has locations scattered throughout Southern Indiana and West Kentucky. Currently the Morgan Ave. branch has 150 open positions at their office. Currently more parents' home are with their children due to online learning, mixed with extended unemployment benefits, branch manager Karen Walsh says retailers are feeling the impact exceptionally hard with declining store sales and a surge in online shopping.
Maintaining employees is harder now than ever before according to Walsh.
"Currently it’s very much a catch 22 with employment hiring needs and seasonal income so right now a lot of parents want that extra income, to support their kids and their needs for Christmas but to scared to work right now more and more parents are staying at home keeping their kids at home but still needing that extra money but they just don’t want to risk working in an environment, where they can expose their children to the virus” says People Ready branch manager Karen Walsh.
Businesses in the Tri-State use agencies like People Ready to fill vacant positions within their company. On average, one employer a day signs on with People Ready desperately looking for employees to fill those jobs. More than 100 jobs a day are added in our area alone.
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