Nebraska, New Hampshire and Vermont hardest hit by labor shortage, report says

  • Nebraska and New Hampshire have the most vacancies per unemployed person, according to CareerCloud research.
  • The data suggests that the companies out there compete the most for potential workers when there is a labor shortage.
  • Workers quit their jobs in search of better pay, better benefits and better working conditions.
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Nebraska, New Hampshire and Vermont are among the US states hardest hit by the labor shortage, a report from the CareerCloud job site suggested.

Nebraska had the most job postings per unemployed person at 1.8, according to research, which analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and job boards Indeed, ZipRecruiter and CareerBuilder. This suggests that the companies there are the most competitive for a potential pool of candidates.

The CareerCloud report ranked New Hampshire second on the measure, with 1.6 vacancies per unemployed person, and Vermont third, with 1.59.

Hawaii, on the other hand, had just 0.41 vacancies per unemployed person, the lowest number in CareerCloud’s ranking. This suggests that businesses there have more potential applicants per job than anywhere else in the United States.

Some companies have said people no longer want to work, in some cases blaming unemployment benefits. But workers say they are quitting their jobs in search of better pay, better benefits and better working conditions.

As a result, companies have been forced to assess how they treat their staff both to recruit new workers and to prevent existing ones from resigning. Some have increased salaries and improved their education and health care services. Others are hoping that one-time perks, such as login and retention bonuses and free iPhones, will be enough to attract workers.

The District of Columbia (DC) had an even higher ratio of vacancies per unemployed person than Nebraska, at 2.37, according to the research.

Part of the reason DC has such a high job vacancy rate might be because jobs are often filled by workers who live outside of the region and commute there. The region has a total labor force of 408,800 people, of which 382,100 are employed – but 749,700 people are paid there, according to BLS data.

DC has an unemployment rate of 6.5%, preliminary August data from the BLS showed. Its unemployment rate fell from 5.2% in March 2020 to 11.1% in April 2020, after the start of the pandemic, and has been dropping steadily since, according to BLS data.

Companies ranging from ridesharing apps and restaurants to hotels and delivery services are struggling to find workers.

Schools are also struggling to find enough teachers and bus drivers. Across the United States, businesses have cut hours, raised prices, and in some cases shut down permanently because they couldn’t recruit enough workers.

Here is the number of job vacancies per unemployed person, according to the CareerCloud report

  1. District of Columbia 2.37
  2. Nebraska 1.80
  3. New Hampshire 1.60
  4. Vermont 1.59
  5. Utah 1.45
  6. South Dakota 1.44
  7. Idaho 1.29
  8. Montana 1.21
  9. North Dakota 1.20
  10. Georgia 1.12
  11. Alabama 1.10
  12. Oklahoma 1.08
  13. Virginia 1.04
  14. Wisconsin 1.04
  15. Kansas 1.03
  16. Indiana 1.02
  17. Minnesota 1.01
  18. Iowa 0.99
  19. Kentucky 0.99
  20. Massachusetts 0.98
  21. North Carolina 0.97
  22. Missouri 0.96
  23. South Carolina 0.93
  24. Maine 0.91
  25. Tennessee 0.89
  26. Arkansas 0.86
  27. West Virginia 0.84
  28. Michigan 0.81
  29. Oregon 0.80
  30. Wyoming 0.78
  31. Ohio 0.77
  32. Washington 0.75
  33. Delaware 0.74
  34. Maryland 0.73
  35. Florida 0.70
  36. Alaska 0.68
  37. Rhode Island 0.68
  38. Pennsylvania 0.67
  39. Colorado 0.64
  40. Texas 0.61
  41. Mississippi 0.60
  42. Illinois 0.59
  43. New Jersey 0.59
  44. Arizona 0.56
  45. New Mexico 0.53
  46. Louisiana 0.52
  47. Connecticut 0.51
  48. Nevada 0.50
  49. California 0.45
  50. New York 0.45
  51. Hawaii 0.41

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