TEMPE, Ariz. — Editor's Note: The above video is from previous coverage of the worker shortage in Arizona.
Called the "job monsoon," a citywide job fair will be raining down on Tempe to encourage new hiring amidst a shortage in staffing across the country.
On July 21 and July 28, businesses across Tempe will be open to any job seekers who are hoping to get hired.
Green balloons and "job monsoon" signs will be outside all of the businesses that are hiring. People will be able to walk into any of those businesses, apply for a job, likely get interviewed, and in some cases, even be hired on the spot.
Once the available positions are filled, the balloons and signs will be taken down from outside the businesses.
Over 100 businesses are expected to participate. Information on resume tips, interviewing skills, and other resources can be found here.
"This is the kind of program that can really make an impact on a small business," said Susan Lawver, the general manager at Snakes & Lattes on 6th St. "The shortage of qualified candidates is affecting every aspect of our business at the moment and the thought of being able to quickly make contact with candidates is really appealing. Having potential new hires just walk in the front door is a game-changer for us."
For months, the U.S. has seen a shortage of workers across many industries. Economists point mainly to what they call a short-term mismatch: Companies are posting job openings faster than applicants can respond. And some people, earning more from federal and state jobless aid than they did when they worked, are taking their time before pursuing another job.
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