The most recent monthly jobs report indicates the seasonally adjusted Los Angeles unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage points to 5.1 percent in April. This represents a decrease of 2.1 percentage points from this time last year. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, 15,900 Los Angeles jobs were added in April.
Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 5.3 percent, down slightly from last month. Month over month, the state added a total of 59,600 seasonally adjusted jobs.
How do these numbers impact managers trying to staff Los Angeles jobs?
Robert Half Senior District President Brett Good says the current Los Angeles unemployment rate means managers may be faced with hiring challenges. “Given the declining unemployment rate and the rising number of jobs, managers should prepare for candidate searches that take longer than usual,” he notes. To expedite recruitment, Good recommends employers take time to craft detailed job descriptions, to ensure they get qualified candidates through the door. At the same time, he encourages managers to take a flexible approach to hiring. “Be open to candidates who have many but not all of the qualifications you’re looking for and may require some extra training,” he suggests. “Hires who you sense are a fit for your workplace but may lack a few technical skills can turn out to be exemplary employees.”
In addition to adapting hiring strategies to fit market trends, Good notes managers should know when to seek help. “If a candidate search has stalled and internal resources are strained, don’t be afraid to seek assistance,” he says. A drawn-out hiring process can have adverse effects on your current staff, who are often left to pick up slack. At times, quality of work and client satisfaction can suffer. In situations such as these, a temporary staffing firm can alleviate burdens and reduce stress for everyone and also help you in your search for additional talent.
Need help hiring in the current Los Angeles jobs market? Contact your local Robert Half recruiter at (855) 972-5562.