Canada • Unemployment benefits
GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO (KJCT) – Unemployment benefits were terminated on September 4th. But what can local job seekers and employers expect in the future?
According to Express Employment, a Grand Junction and Montrose-based staffing firm, there has been no increase in job seekers since the fourth, and there is a record high number of open jobs ranging in experience level. In comparison to 2019, they have half the number of applicants, despite the fact that unemployment has doubled since then.
”It’s an employee market right now,” Express Employment CEO & President Nina Anderson said. “Perhaps that is where we are going. Maybe employees will start saying, “Here’s what I really should get back to work. Perhaps it isn’t just about money. Maybe it’s about more flexibility, more vacation days throughout the year.”
According to the CEO, there was no increase in job seekers when unemployment benefits expired last year. As a result, she does not expect to see an increase this time, but she is hopeful that it will change later this year.