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NEA companies in dire need of welders

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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Many industrial companies in Northeast Arkansas are in dire need of welders.  

Although Staffmark, a local employment agency told KAIT Tuesday the unemployment rate is historically low, standing at 3.1%, companies are reaching out to them for help in recruiting people interested in welding.

Some people have that as an established career already, Melinda West, Staffmarks area manager said. But, people just moving into the workforce, they are not choosing this kind of career as much as the older generation did.

West said the desperate need comes down to supply and demand.

Theres not as much supply, so the demand for those types of skills, their wanting higher pay and things like that, she said. It can be hot and dirty work and thats not attractive to everybody. We see less and less people that are younger generation wanting to get into what we consider manual skill labor.

West said because of this, many local steel companies are desperate, so much so that some of them are offering better benefits to attract employees.

Some companies don't have to do it because they have a really good package on the front end, where other companies that haven't had such a good package, maybe their starting pay isn't as competitive, they're having to up it, West said. We are seeing companies have to adjust their overall compensation plan to attract more people interested in that.

Anyone interested in the high-demand welding field, contact Staffmark at 870-931-7555. 

"Those products still have to be made," West said. "We still use them everyday. So, there has to be people to do that type of work." 

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