MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael impacted many cities in Northwest Florida and their economies. Marianna city officials said they lost 5 to 10 percent of their businesses due to the storm.
"One business is a bad thing, two businesses are terrible. You know five or ten is gonna be a significant impact to us," said Marianna City Manager Jim Dean.
According to Dean, Hurricane Michael damaged many businesses in the city.
"A number of the businesses are going to come back but some of them will not be able to come back because their building can no longer be occupied and may have to be taken down," added Dean.
Due to recovery efforts, Dean said the city has picked up a few businesses since the storm. CareerSource Chipola Executive Director Richard Williams said many businesses in Marianna are hiring.
"Our businesses are needing to find people to go to work. I'm getting calls every day from employers that are trying to find folks to go to work," said Williams.
Williams said hiring has been tough for employers. He said they're paying more and offering better benefits to attract workers.
"Employers are opening the doors wider than they ever have before. Individuals that may have had a background issue that keep them out of employment. We're finding now that they can get a job as well," said Williams.