BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Local employers like Bay County are having a tough time finding workers.
"A lot of people left after the hurricane and so that creates a big void in the population. When they do that, it's hard to get people here,” said Bay County Human Resources Specialist Jeremy Jernigan.
Jernigan said they've faced a lot of problems trying to find workers after the storm including competing with other local businesses.
He also said housing is a major issue. Many can't find housing or rent is too high.
"We've got a lot of people applying from out of town or out of state and were have to let them know the housing situation, there's not a lot of places to live do you already have housing lined up,'" said Jernigan.
Jernigan said they have about 100 job openings and they're working to fill these positions.
"Our trend has been positive the last few months as far as our hiring goes it's just about getting our brand out there,” said Jernigan. “You come work for the county there's a great benefits package, there's a great retirement program."
Jernigan said they've promoted from within and offered overtime to help fill the void. He said their biggest need is EMS. He said they also need workers for other jobs.
If you'd like to apply or learn more about the job openings with Bay County, visit www.governmentjobs.com/careers/baycounty
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