According to the most recent monthly jobs report, the non-seasonally adjusted Dallas unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in September, nearly a full percentage point lower than it was this time last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis, 10,500 Dallas jobs were added in September.
The monthly jobs report shows Texas’s unemployment rate crept up slightly to 4.2 percent in September. This still comes in 0.9 percentage points lower than the national rate of 5.1 percent. Additionally, 26,600 positions were added in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, bringing the total number of added jobs for the past year to 224,800.
What does this mean for employers looking to staff Dallas jobs?
To hire the best candidates, Robert Half Senior Regional President Mark Malone underscores the need for management to be aggressive when it comes to hiring. “Candidates don’t stay on the market for long these days,” Malone says, “and employers need to be able to move quickly.” He also points out that it’s crucial for organizations to differentiate themselves and their benefits from competitors when talking to candidates. If it’s been a while since a firm has updated its hiring strategies, it needs to act now or risk losing top talent to the competition.
Furthermore, Malone emphasizes the importance of being willing to provide professional development and on-the-job training when evaluating applicants. “Many skills can be taught later, rather than waiting for the perfect candidate to come along,” he notes. Employers who fail to distinguish the candidate attributes they’d like to have from those they must have only further limit the small pool of available talent.
Are you finding it a challenge to located skilled candidates in the current Dallas jobs market? Your local Robert Half recruiter can offer professional guidance. Call us at (855) 385-5631 today.