Vermont Business Magazine According to a new report from HelpAdvisor.com, Vermont ranks second among small businesses facing hiring challenges. Some call it the “Great Resignation”, others the “Great Reshuffle”. But no matter how you describe today’s job market, one thing remains true: small businesses have a hard time finding help.

The study found that 44% of small businesses in Vermont had difficulty hiring new employees in April. Only Missouri had a higher percentage.

Nationally, nearly 1 in 3 small businesses reported having difficulty hiring new employees in the month of April, according to our analysis of data from the US Census Bureau Small Business Pulse Survey.

HelpAdvisor.com has broken down the data to reveal the states, cities and industries that are having the hardest time hiring in 2022.

In Missouri and Vermont, nearly 45% of small businesses struggle to hire workers, and six other states reported rates above 40%. The chart below shows the percentage of small businesses in each state that reported difficulty hiring in April.

A number of Rust Belt states ranked among those having the most difficulty hiring small business owners, with Missouri, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan all ranking among the top nine first in the list.

West Virginia (9.5% below the national average), New York (7.7% below), and Kentucky (5% below) were among the Rust Belt outliers. Small businesses in Mississippi reported the least difficulty hiring new workers in April, with a rate 15% higher than the national average. A total of 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico reported small business hardship rates that exceeded the national average.

Metro Areas Hardest to Hire Among Small Businesses

Dozens of metropolitan areas across the United States are having exceptional difficulty hiring new workers.

Missouri is the state with the most small businesses facing hiring challenges, and the city of St. Louis has the highest rate of any metropolitan area in the United States.

46% of small businesses in St. Louis struggled to hire new employees in April. The rate of 46% was slightly higher than the Detroit/Warren/Dearborn area of ​​Michigan and Jacksonville, Florida.

The chart below shows the metro areas where the most small businesses reported difficulty hiring workers in April.

A number of Rust Belt states ranked among those having the most difficulty hiring small business owners, with Missouri, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan all ranking among the top nine first in the list.

West Virginia (9.5% below the national average), New York (7.7% below), and Kentucky (5% below) were among the Rust Belt outliers. Small businesses in Mississippi reported the least difficulty hiring new workers in April, with a rate 15% higher than the national average.

A total of 39 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico reported small business hardship rates that exceeded the national average.

Metro Areas Hardest to Hire Among Small Businesses

Dozens of metropolitan areas across the United States are having exceptional difficulty hiring new workers.

Missouri is the state with the most small businesses facing hiring challenges, and the city of St. Louis has the highest rate of any metropolitan area in the United States.

46% of small businesses in St. Louis struggled to hire new employees in April. The rate of 46% was slightly higher than the Detroit/Warren/Dearborn area of ​​Michigan and Jacksonville, Florida.

The chart below shows the metro areas where the most small businesses reported difficulty hiring workers in April.

Recruitment difficulties by metropolitan area

Some cities have much higher small business difficulty hiring rates than their respective state average.

Florida ranked 23rd among states facing hiring challenges, at 33.9% of all small businesses. However, Jacksonville ranked third among all metro areas nationwide, at 45%, and Tampa was a close second (40.8%).

Texas’ rate of 30.5% was roughly equal to the national average, but the Austin/Round Rock/Georgetown metro area ranked fifth among all metro areas at 42.1%.

30.9% of small businesses in California reported having difficulty hiring new workers, but in the Sacramento/Roseville/Folsom area, the rate was 40.3%.

Industries with the highest hard-to-hire rates

The hiring difficulties of small businesses are not evenly distributed across sectors.

Unsurprisingly, after the worst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the accommodation and food services industry has had the hardest time finding new workers, with more than 60% of these businesses reporting hiring difficulties in April 2022.

Doom and gloom outlook for many US small business owners

Running a small business is a challenge when you can’t find enough hands. The current staff shortage facing many businesses could create a difficult path to recovery.

In the United States, 44% of small businesses say they will need at least six months to return to normal operating levels, if ever.

Poor outlook for small business owners by state

Topping the list is Hawaii, where more than 52% of small businesses say they may never return to normal operating levels and if they do, they expect it to take at least six months. .

California, Georgia, New Mexico, New York and New Jersey reported that about half of their small businesses were in a similar situation.

The difficulty in hiring new employees can best be explained by a labor market that has more than twice as many vacancies as unemployed. At the end of March 2022, there were a record five million more job vacancies than unemployed.

A near-record unemployment rate of 3.6% didn’t leave many job seekers available, and more than three million Americans taking early retirement due to the pandemic likely didn’t help.

Many small businesses across the United States are struggling to fill vacancies. And these staff shortages could jeopardize the future of the company.

A low unemployment rate, an exodus of pre-retirees due to the pandemic and a record number of job vacancies outnumbering the unemployed could all be partly to blame.

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