Onslow labor market still struggling as employers search for help

Despite the graduation of thousands of high school and college students, Onslow’s labor market doesn’t appear to be looking up.

Jacksonville-Onslow Economic Development Executive Director Mark Sutherland said from what he’s hearing, the labor market is no better than it was in early spring.

“I’m not hearing that it’s worse, but they have the same facial expressions, same phraseology and the same issues, and that is, they can’t get labor in the quantities they need it,” Sutherland said.

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He said one of the biggest issues he’s heard comprehensively from everyone in the community is employees are being poached by other higher paying local governments.

According to NCWorks, the current unemployment rate in Onslow County is 3.8%, which is barely down from early April’s 4%. However, there has been a slight increase in job opening, with a decrease in the number of candidates per job.

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