The most recent monthly jobs report from the Texas Workforce Commission shows that the non-seasonally adjusted Houston unemployment rate for May was 4.8 percent, unchanged from the month prior. Additionally, 5,400 Houston jobs were lost on a seasonally adjusted basis in May.
Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in May, also unchanged from the previous month. A total of 200 jobs were added on a seasonally adjusted basis during the same reporting period.
What does this data mean for hiring managers trying to staff Houston jobs?
Robert Half Senior Regional President Mark Malone notes that hiring managers are still competing for top talent across several industries, including oil and gas. Malone says area employers can gain an edge on the competition by offering additional benefits, such as a casual dress code or extra vacation days, and emphasizing these with job candidates. “Many job seekers are looking beyond salary to the benefits firms offer,” Malone adds, “and it’s important for employers to stand out where they can. Find out what types of benefits and perks candidates with in-demand skills value, and adjust your offerings or workplace culture accordingly.”
Malone also states that employers struggling to fill Houston jobs can turn to alternative sources for assistance with recruiting efforts. “Consider reaching out over social media and asking current employees to send potential candidates your way,” he says. “This is a built-in network you have at your fingertips, and you never know where your next hire might come from.” If hiring has become especially challenging, Malone suggests working with a temporary staffing firm so you can immediately alleviate some of the burden on your current team. Additionally, staffing firms allow you to employ a temp-to-hire strategy, which gives you the chance to evaluate candidates on the job for full-time positions, helping you avoid the cost of a bad hire.
Has the Houston unemployment rate affected your hiring plans? For assistance with your staffing efforts, contact your local Robert Half recruiter at (855) 407-4735.