Posted: Oct 28, 2013 12:31 AM by Keele Smith - MTN News
The national unemployment rate is now at 7.2 percent. While it didn't drop, new numbers show that hiring slowed just before the government shutdown.
Some employers in Gallatin County are having a difficult time hiring. Here's what this means for finding jobs -
Ron Banta manages Owenhouse ACE Hardware in Bozeman. He is currently hiring and says that for him, it's taking a while to find the right employee.
"Bozeman as most people know, has a really skilled workforce," he said. "People are overqualified for their jobs because it's a destination where people want to live."
That is just one of the reasons Kristina Trygstad at Country Bookshelf had a tough time.
"I think jobs in Bozeman are super limited, especially if you're looking for part time work," she said.
Despite these experiences, working in the Gallatin Valley doesn't seem to be all that bad.
The unemployment rate in Gallatin County continues to be lower than the national average and people are noticing.
Raymond Schnur was recently hired as a dishwasher at The Naked Noodle in Bozeman.
"It's not too hard in Bozeman, because there's a lot of job opportunities, especially since it's a college town."
Schnur says it only took him a week to find a job and there were lots of them he was looking for.
"A lot of food industry, like coffee shops, local food places," he says.
But nationally, September saw a steep drop in hires. Roughly 45,000 less than the previous month and that is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and hiring is expected to remain slow.
Trygstad is noticing the national pinch on a local level.
"It's definitely a tough job market and it's hard to turn people away but I think a lot of places just sort of are spontaneously hiring so it's always good to stay positive."