LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Since the recession, thousands of people have utilized job centers and staffing services to find work.
In a way, the tables have turned.
Olsten Staffing Services said for the first time in years, local businesses are beginning to grow. That means they're looking to add staff.
"Clients (are) now reaching out to us and saying we really need people," said Olsten Recruiter Mandi Beach.
But a lot of people are still looking for jobs, Beach said.
On an average week, Olsten sees about 75 people walk through their doors.
But more positions are available, and people are finding jobs much faster, Beach said.
"A while ago there was a lot of people looking for a few jobs, and so this turn for our area, I think, is great," Beach said. "And I think it opens a lot of opportunity for people looking for a position or looking for change."
According to Taggert Brooks, chair of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse Economics Department, while the number of job openings is increasing nationally, the growth is slow.
"We have a car that's driving, it's called population growth, and it's driving along slowly, right but in order to sort of accommodate that we need to continue to increase production, employment and things like that," Brooks said.
Right now numbers from the federal government are showing an all-time high of people unemployed long-term – meaning they're out of a job for at least 27 weeks.
Saturday, Aug. 24 Olsten Staffing Services is hosting a Job Fest from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at their office at 1202 State St., La Crosse.
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