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Hiring on the rise in Austin area, Chamber report shows

According to the report, hiring from October 2020 to October 2021 increased 49% in the Austin metro area.

AUSTIN, Texas — Businesses in Central Texas are continuing to hire.

ATown, an Austin boutique, is one of those businesses struggling to find new employees. 

"We've had some open for a while, so we're definitely looking for anybody that wants to come into a town part time, full time, nights, weekends," said Brenda Whisenhunt, ATown employee. 

They're not the only ones. 

"Some restaurants are not serving lunch because they don't have enough staff to to fill," said Kwee Lan Teo, VP of talent development at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. "And that, of course, affects business."

As the holiday's approach, more businesses open positions. Meaning, there are more options but not enough people interested. 

According to a new report from the Austin Chamber of Commerce hiring from October 2020 to October 2021 increased 49% in the Austin metro area. There were about 92,000 available job postings during October 2021, an increase of 1,500 postings compared to the previous month and an increase of more than 30,000 from October 2020.

"We are seeing a lot of customer-facing or in-person occupations being posted," added Teo. "Occupations that require an interaction with an individual, direct interaction, such as registered nurses, retail, customer service maintenance workers, we're seeing a lot of those postings up."

Fifteen percent of all available job postings during October 2021 fell under "management occupations" and 14% fell under "computer and mathematical occupations." 

The report states that in January, there were 2,100 postings that offered signing bonuses and, in October, there were 6,700. The current top occupations offering signing bonuses are: heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers; registered nurses; software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers; and sales and customer service representatives.

The number of available job postings specifically offering work-from-home opportunities is also up. There were about 3,900 such postings in October, 400 more than the month before. The top three occupations that offer work-from-home opportunities are software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers; customer service representatives; and sales representatives.

Thirty-seven percent (34,500) of all available job postings pay an annual median wage between $30,000 and $65,000. Of those postings, 58% (20,300) require a high school diploma as entry-level education and 14% (4,800) require a bachelor's degree.

The report states that according to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin metro area reported an unemployment rate of 3.5%, or 46,000 unemployed, in September 2021.

For an in-depth breakdown of the Chamber's report, click here.

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