According to the most recent monthly jobs report by the Texas Workforce Commission, the non-seasonally adjusted Dallas unemployment rate for May held steady at 3.5 percent. On a seasonally adjusted basis, 7,700 Dallas jobs were added month over month.
For the state of Texas, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was also unchanged in May at 4.4 percent. A total of 200 jobs were added on a seasonally adjusted basis in May.
What does the current Dallas jobs data mean for employers in the city?
Robert Half Senior Regional President Mark Malone notes that recruitment can be a challenge for many employers in the area. “Candidates with in-demand skill sets can be tough to come by in today’s market, meaning area employers have to work harder than ever to staff key open positions,” he says. Malone adds that managers can overcome many challenges associated with the Dallas unemployment rate by collaborating with human resources (HR). “They can make the hiring process more efficient and effective by working in tandem with HR to find skilled talent. Consider scheduling meetings with HR professionals or others involved in the process to make sure everyone understands what you’re looking for in a candidate,” Malone advises.
For managers who find that their hiring momentum has stalled out, Malone recommends keeping an open mind. “It’s easy to picture the perfect candidate, but that person might not exist in real life,” he says. When struggling to fill Dallas jobs, employers should be open to alternative candidates, including recent graduates and boomerang employees. “Keeping your options open and being willing to accept candidates who may require a bit of additional training can save precious time and resources,” Malone states. “And when you speed up your hiring process, you also reduce stress on your current staff.”
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