September 16, 2021

Workers still scarce as Fort Smith economy continues recovery

In early August, the Chamber of Commerce of South Logan County/Booneville and Magazine put on a job fair with Tyson that included a $1,000 sign-on bonus for new employees.

In the past, job fairs attracted crowds and a sign-on bonus incentive likely would have meant even more people turning out. 

But this time, no one showed up at the chamber and just one person called in to ask about the fair said Susan Bulger, director of the chamber.

For the past year, the River Valley’s economy has continued to grow, creating more jobs that companies need to fill but companies are struggling to find workers to fill those positions.

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“The talent war is raging,” said Erin Gattis, chief human resources officer at ArcBest.

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