Job seekers and employers prepare for unemployment benefits ending

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Enhanced pandemic aid has been helping Americans who are unable to return to work for over a year now.

Now that the benefits have ended, more than 11 million people across the country will get a smaller check, or no benefits at all, leaving many people wondering: what does this mean for local job seekers and employers?

Grand Junction business owners are hopeful it will bring in more applicants,

“Our applicant flow, even compared to 2019 is about half of what we need it to be with the 50 openings we have. We’re very hopeful that going forward we will start to see that spike,” says Grand Junction Express Employment’s Nina Anderson.

‘Express Employment’ says it averages about 3 applicants per week right now, and it’s not the only business hurting,

“We have a severe worker shortage across all industry sectors,” says Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce’s Diane Schwenke.

“However both job seekers and employers need to be prepared for new post-pandemic work expectations and environments,” says KREX5’s Reilly Spence.

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, applicants will prefer companies that place an emphasis on individual’s needs; allowing for ‘work from home’ options,

“I do think that that’s what a lot of job seekers are going to be looking for even if they return to the workplace, is a little more autonomy with their schedules and to still get their work done and be trusted to get their work done,” explains Anderson.

“Employees are in short supply, and so they can kind of drive the train here in terms of what they want to see, and employers are going to adjust to accommodate those sorts of requests,” continues Schwenke.

Meanwhile employers may now be looking for job seekers who can still work as a team and build relationships with co-workers, clients, and customers alike.

Regardless of whether you prefer to work from home or report to the office, with the last of the unemployment stimulus benefits rolling out this week, local businesses are hoping to see more applicants in the coming weeks.

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