Local chambers of commerce attack labor shortage

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DOTHAN,Ala.(WDHN)—A new study finds that there is theoretically one job for every unemployed person in the state of Alabama. And here in the Wiregrass they are seeing the same issue.

Alabama employers have added over 73,000 jobs in the past year.

They also saw the jobless rate drop to 3.2% in July.

In the Wiregrass, businesses are trying to entice folks to join their businesses and companies.

The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce estimates there’s more than 2,000 available jobs in Houston County alone.

“The job market has picked up, it’s still a challenges for industries all across the area,” Executive Director of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Dean Mitchell said. “We are starting to see some folks who had some challenges in the past getting back in to the workforce.

Mitchell also says that they have openings in the healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and small business fields to provide people with a variety of opportunities.

“There are multiple opportunities to plug in to the career and find good paying jobs that will support your family, support yourself, and help build a better community” Mitchell said.

Zack’s Family Restaurant is a local business that has been impacted by the labor shortage, where its
been difficult to find employees.

“Well, for whatever reason their not working right now,” Owner of Zack’s Family Restaurant Zack Whaley said. “So many people come through here work a week or two might quit or might not show back up.”

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Headland Chamber of Commerce, and Southeast Alabama Works are partnering to host a job fair at the Dothan Civic Center next Wednesday the 29th where they will have 70 available employers.

“And that’s our ultimate job to help business and help industry because we know jobs and the economy drive everything for us. Its important for our community, its important for our region. For people to fill these jobs, so that we can continue to grow and prosper.”

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