HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Part time jobs are on the rise across the country, but here in The Valley we've actually seen an opposite trend.
The Virginia Employment Commission in Harrisonburg said many employers are finding it difficult to keep full time positions filled.
They say the number of part time workers increased last month by 275,000 nationwide. However, the number of involuntary part time workers is down over the past year but has shown no trend in any recent months. Research found these individuals are working part time because their hours have been cut back or because they were unable to find full time jobs.
The VEC says Rockingham County is recovering nicely from the economic downturn over the past several years. This year there have been more jobs hiring since 2008.Leaders are not sure why employers are struggling to fill jobs, especially with the variety of positions available.
Andrew crews recently moved into the area and has had a difficult time finding a full time job.
"It's kind of frustrating when you meet a new person to kind of explain yourself because one of the first things they kinda want to know or what they're hinting at is what do you do and if you're unemployed it's kinda hard to tell them what you're interested in without having a job to go by," Crews said.
Employers report to the VEC on a quarterly basis the number of employees, however, employers are not required to specify whether the they are either full time or part time positions
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