NOW HIRING: Over 6,400 jobs available in Bowling Green area
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Despite a pandemic and record unemployment numbers, southcentral Kentucky’s job market is booming.
A recent jobs report released by the Chamber of Commerce shows there are over 6,400 job opportunities available in the Bowling Green area.
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“It’s all different sectors and all different types of positions. So there’s a lot of variety for people,” said Ron Bunch, President and CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
With over 6,400 jobs available, the state’s website shows 6,264 people are on unemployment in southcentral Kentucky as of March, according to the state’s website.
“We’re hearing that this may be because of government benefits. We’re hearing that people simply have chosen to change their professions from last year to this year,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan Quarles (R-KY).
“People just aren’t some people just are choosing not to work right now because maybe there’s that fear factor or they’re at home taking care of children or, you know, a loved one. And so that kind of puts a hurt on us as well,” said Alex Burrell, Local McDonald’s Owner/Operator.
As ‘we’re hiring’ signs are frequenting local businesses, McDonald’s is one of them as they are looking to fill 150 positions in southcentral Kentucky.
“We have opportunities for kids who are in high school, it can be that first job, kids who might already have experience and then adults were very flexible,” said Burrell.
McDonald’s is also offering a $100 sign-on bonus for new employees, including incentives for current employees.
“We have an employee development program, world-class training and things like flexible schedules, tuition assistance, pay for grades 401k opportunities, insurance and paid time off,” said Michael Burrell, Local McDonald’s Owner/Operator.
In addition to economic growth in our area, the Chamber also attributes the increase in job opportunities to retirement.
“With the aging and retirement of the baby boomers, the math of that number is very large, and it affects every sector. And so we like everywhere else in the country are experiencing that,” explained Bunch.
Bunch adds Bowling Green and Warren County are considered one of the fastest-growing communities annually for at least a decade.
Based on data from March, Southcentral Kentucky’s unemployment rate is at 4.6%. The state’s rate was at 5% which was lower than the month before. There are currently over 6,200 people on unemployment in the southcentral Kentucky area.
State officials now say unemployment claimants will be required to search for suitable full-time employment and report at least one job contact per week. This was previously a requirement but had been suspended during the pandemic.
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