City has over 800 job openings

In a city where good paying jobs can be as hard to come by as a green chile cheeseburger in Minneapolis, why does the city of ABQ have over 800 jobs that have not been filled?:

The city has 813 open positions, including some with the solid waste and transit departments. The vacancies make up more than 10 percent of the city’s entire staff. Employees have been working additional hours to make up the extra work. Rob Perry, Albuquerque’s chief administrative officer, said the vacancies are not necessarily a hiring issue, but a retention problem. Employees are finding better-paying opportunities elsewhere.

Come on, Rob. Folks are lined up end-to-end at these local job fairs and/or leaving the state and we can’t find any employees for these city slots? Assume those over 800 jobs paid about $40,000 a year. That’s a payroll of over $3 million stimulating the economy…

The nine councilors could provide an immediate shot to the economy by going into their neighborhoods and letting constituents know that over 800 jobs are open at the city. Maybe they could pass out Rob Perry’s phone number while they’re at it?

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