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A Siouxland company is having a hard time filling positions

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They are looking for skilled laborers like welders, quality control people and trade people like carpenters and electricians. They are looking for skilled laborers like welders, quality control people and trade people like carpenters and electricians.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The vice-president of J&L Enterprises says it is the largest staffing company in the area. This year, their business is down 15-percent.

"Our biggest issue that we have right now is, we do not have enough skilled labor to fill the skilled labor qualified jobs," Kelly Conolly, the Vice President of J&L Enterprises Staffing and Recruiting said.

They are looking for skilled laborers like welders, quality control people and trade people like carpenters and electricians.

"We have people that contact us before they move here, they see our advertising and send us their resumes and sometimes as soon as they or before they even get here, we've have them placed in a job," Conolly said.

But Conolly says there's another reason, during the economic downturn, they've also seen people staying on unemployment. He says it's just easier for some of them.

"What we saw, we went out to try to find the qualified individuals, people didn't want to give up their unemployment benefits to take the job. Even though they were of equal or greater value than what they had before," Conolly said.

The Iowa Workforce Development handbook says people on unemployment are required to "seek and accept suitable work". But it also say, "If the wage of a job offer is significantly below what you averaged at the job you held prior to filing or benefits, the job offer may be considered unsuitable".

Another reason, even though unemployment is 7.8 percent nationally, the situation is better here, only 5.5 percent are unemployed in Iowa.

Conolly says now that unemployment is below six-percent, many people are seeing their benefits drop and they need to find a job. But it can be tough if they have gaps in their employment history.

"Learn a skill, learn a trade because you can carry that with you for your entire life. Hopefully you'll advance up at the company's that you've worked with and get a better job and better yourself the entire time," Conolly said.

Conolly says if you don't have the trade skills or something to market yourself better than the next person, you will get left behind.

If you do want to train for a better job, you don't have to lose your unemployment benefits.

The Iowa Workforce Unemployment Insurance Handbook says that "You may receive benefits if you are attending school or a training course if approved by Iowa Workforce Development."

 

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