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The Big Freeze on hiring
Washington Post ^ | 06/17/2014 | Catherine Rampell

Posted on 06/17/2014 4:55:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

I have some good news, and I have some bad news.

First, the good news: Employers have more job openings today than they’ve had at any time since the Great Recession began.

The bad news: Employers may be posting jobs, but they’re taking longer than ever before to fill them.

It now takes 24 working days for the average job opening to be filled. That’s the longest hiring delay since at least 2001, the first year for which numbers are available, according to a recent report from Dice Holdings based on research by Steven J. Davis, R. Jason Faberman and John C. Haltiwanger. To give you some context, when the recovery began five years ago, the average opening took about 16 days to fill.

This means employers are dragging their feet making hires, despite having 10 million jobless workers to choose from (not to mention many more already-employed applicants looking to job-hop). I’ve spoken to workers who have been called back for as many as nine or 10 interviews for a given position, only to be told at the end of the process that the firm had decided to hold off on making a decision “for now.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hiring; jobs; unemployment

1 posted on 06/17/2014 4:55:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

But they’re 30 hours a week jobs so you’re going to have to get a second job....and your own insurance.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 4:56:41 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

No kidding. My son was told by a couple of HR managers they are taking applications and doing interviews but hiring will wait.

The WH has so gummed up the commerce and business of the United States by its incredibly inept regulations and policies, no one wants to wade into the mire.

He started his own business and THAT is another long, long process with the Soviet-style nomenklatura one must navigate in Amerika.

Can we turn this disaster around? Sure. The Civil War was the very worst thing that happened or could happen.

This too will pass.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 5:09:10 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe it's taking so long because they cannot find Graduates from
HS or College who can read and do math. Not taking into the account the
entitlement mentality.
4 posted on 06/17/2014 5:10:03 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Sacajaweau

Son started putting job applications in several months ago. Just got hired for a full-time seasonal job as a park ranger at a local state park. No benefits, of course. He’s going to have to start putting in applications for a full-time job NOW to start in September when the seasonal job is over. He wants to work a part-time job as soon as he can find one to work around his seasonal hours. He has a wife and newborn daughter to support. They moved close to us. We’re trying to help them as much as we can. I’d hate to be looking for a job now.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 5:12:43 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: sneakers

My hubby had 2 jobs for years....a full time one and part time one. That’s the way it was. I also worked part-time at home.


6 posted on 06/17/2014 5:14:48 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: OpusatFR
Once a business hires a single person the dynamics change drastically.
There are so many laws on the books that I suspect every employer in
the USA is guilty of at least one infraction. Even thought crime.

Some people ask why I do not have employees and accept my answer about over regulation.
Others see me as a greedy billionaire who refuses to spread the wealth. Eventually
I will have extra work but it will not be done by Employees, it will
be done by contractors. Any who seek work will be required to get a business license
so that they can become one of those most hated people in America too.

7 posted on 06/17/2014 5:18:13 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Sacajaweau

RE: But they’re 30 hours a week jobs so you’re going to have to get a second job....and your own insurance.

The latter is taken care of by .... Obamacare.


8 posted on 06/17/2014 5:23:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Sacajaweau

Yep. Daughter-in-law wants to work part time as well but baby is just two months old. My son said he knows we had it hard, but we always worked and always managed to pay the bills and put food on the table. He and wife both saw parents that worked hard to make ends meet. We never asked for help. I’m glad they both picked up that work ethic.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 5:26:01 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: SeekAndFind
In the meantime, bosses can just dump more work on their staff, since even the most beleaguered workers are still too afraid to quit.

There's your explanation right there.

10 posted on 06/17/2014 5:32:00 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: SeekAndFind

Could also be the sheer volume of applicants and interviews.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 6:12:01 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: SeekAndFind

I used to work for a company that had some token outposts in Europe (Netherlands and France). It was almost impossible to fire an employee there, so they were always very careful about adding any staff.

This article sort of seems like it fits the regime’s “Europeanization” of America.


12 posted on 06/17/2014 6:19:16 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Sacajaweau

My hubby had 2 jobs for years.”

I remember when I was a child my father worked two full-time jobs. His day job was as a policeman and he worked the Midnight shift at a plant that made fiberglass. Had different days off at each which he would spend working on our small farm. My mom also worked full-time from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. as a manager of a women’s clothing store. War was going on and times were really tough.

My older sister and I milked our two cows each day, fed the chickens, took care of the garden and she did much of the cooking and cleaning. Just what you did back then.


13 posted on 06/17/2014 6:20:24 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Sacajaweau

My hubby had 2 jobs for years....a full time one and part time one. That’s the way it was.


Yep, you live on the first job, you get ahead with the 2nd job.


14 posted on 06/17/2014 6:23:57 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Where is your thinking cap? The one you were issued in elementary school.)
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To: DoodleDawg

YOUR post explains both the situation and your attitude. You don’t refer to the prospective “employer” but scornfully use the word “bosses”. Employees are not people working and earning a living, but are “beleagured workers”, trapped in a terrible bind so they can feed a family.
I am in dire need to hire a “beleagured worker”, but there are so many like you, I’ll do the work myself.
You can create laws and regulations to harass “awful employers”, but you CANNOT require anyone to become an employer.


15 posted on 06/17/2014 6:24:17 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Many applicants cannot pass the drug or physical testing for many jobs.
16 posted on 06/17/2014 6:24:23 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: SeekAndFind

and the Affirmative Action hires in HR are getting EVEN LAZIER!


17 posted on 06/17/2014 6:26:33 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mad_as_he$$
Many applicants cannot pass the drug or physical testing for many jobs.

I spoke with someone from a small manufacturing company in a town about an hour from here who says their applicant drug test failure rate is 65%.


18 posted on 06/17/2014 6:27:37 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: CaptainAmiigaf
YOUR post explains both the situation and your attitude. You don’t refer to the prospective “employer” but scornfully use the word “bosses”. Employees are not people working and earning a living, but are “beleagured workers”, trapped in a terrible bind so they can feed a family.

Had you read the article you would have seen that I was quoting from it and the words were not my own.

19 posted on 06/17/2014 6:37:06 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: PeterPrinciple
It's a shame. Now men are told they should be doing housework so their wives can be fulfilled. Women are busting their as**** because society says it's the only way to get fulfilled.

What a load of crap.

Women are working for money just like the men.

In the end...It's still all about family.

20 posted on 06/17/2014 6:46:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Buckeye McFrog
That is about my experience. Also, many have felony drug convictions. That makes them a nonstarter for my company.
21 posted on 06/17/2014 6:48:14 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: nascarnation
This article sort of seems like it fits the regime’s “Europeanization” of America.

When I was around 30, working as a manufacturers' rep, I met a guy from Germany who worked for a machinery manufacturer. Over some beer he complained about his inadequate wages, small apartment and how much better his parents had it. I advised him to chuck it and move to the U.S. where his hard work would be rewarded. I look back on that and think "under Bush & Obama the US has swiftly become like Europe, economically." Everybody is jealous of what they think others have, and nobody can really break out of the straight-jacket we've made for ourselves.

22 posted on 06/17/2014 6:53:24 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: sneakers

A site like Task Rabbit and other hire by the job sites might be the best short term bet. You can take the assignments that fit your schedule.


23 posted on 06/17/2014 7:02:58 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: tbw2

Thanks! I’ll check it out!


24 posted on 06/17/2014 7:18:27 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: MaxMax

Same here. Everybody should have to pay taxes quarterly.

We have become a nation of show me the man and I’ll find you the crime. The more you do the more you try to do the greater your risk of being wrong about something. If you do not believe you are a target because of your success better think again.

Collect your W-9s and keep them handy.


25 posted on 06/17/2014 7:55:30 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Tallguy
Everybody is jealous of what they think others have, and nobody can really break out of the straight-jacket we've made for ourselves.

You just nailed a big part of the problem. On TeeVee, everyone lives in a McMansion or bigger, drives brand new (or exotic) cars, and does diddley squat in the way of work, unless you count all that eating out, partying, and drinking.

Ethnic backgrounds, as presented in pop culture, vary wildly in their compensation levels (You see ghetto, inner city, but seldom Oprah's crib).

The images of who has what (and what they do to earn it) cause a lot of crap, even in the expectations of those who come from solid middle class backgrounds.

26 posted on 06/17/2014 8:00:01 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

HR has become a fortress of indecision. Laws are such that you have to take risk to move because so many of the laws are conditional and subjective.

HR has also become the pillar of EEO. As gate keepers the outcome is predictable. If a job is unfilled it is no problem for HR. They don’t have production schedules to maintain. Their incentive is to avoid problems not to move the ball down the field.

Like so many other socialist countries, terminating an employee is almost impossible, under any circumstance. The larger and more visible the company the harder it is. I’m seeing droves of contractors and I saw the same thing in lots of other countries in years past.

Add to all this the difficulty of finding drug free candidates and hiring becomes glacial.


27 posted on 06/17/2014 8:02:07 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: DoodleDawg

I stand by the “reply”, but if I did mis-direct it to you I do indeed apologize. I was interrupted while reading the original post...so my bad. Again, sorry


28 posted on 06/17/2014 9:52:22 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: MaxMax

I know that you would never consider bartering, would you?


29 posted on 06/17/2014 3:13:55 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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