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Shreveport temp agency takes issue with WalletHub jobs study

Jean Simpson Personnel Services is a temp agency that helps people find jobs in the Shreveport-Bossier City area (Source: linkedin.com) Jean Simpson Personnel Services is a temp agency that helps people find jobs in the Shreveport-Bossier City area (Source: linkedin.com)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

An article posted by WalletHub.com recently named Shreveport as 2018's most difficult place to find a job out of 182 U.S. cities.

The article factor in statistics such as employment growth, unemployment rate and median annual income.

WalletHub uses specific methodology in order to determine which cities are the most difficult to find jobs.

26 metrics were examined by analysts, according to Diana Popa, communications manager with WalletHub.com.

"For instance, the city ranked 179th in Job Security, with the probability that an individual will keep his or her job being -1.91 percent. In another example, Shreveport ranked 177th in Monthly Average Starting Salary at little over $2,097, according to the Census and the Council for Community and Economic Research," Popa writes.

Jean Simpson Personnel Services in Shreveport has been working to land jobs for people, both temporary and full time, since 1974.

And employees say they take issue with some of the data given in the article.

"We know for a fact that we have over 130 job opportunities right now. And we're just one agency. There are 30 other agencies in this town. So how can that be?" said Theresa Kveder, sales director.

Jean Simpson Personnel Services has more than 2,000 employers that use the service to find willing and able hires for their businesses, Kveder added.

"The highest unemployment rates listed are for cities in California and Michigan. The state of Louisiana is below 5 percent."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana is ranked 39th in unemployment as of November.

Jeff Bomar, operations manager at Jean Simpson Personnel Services, said he was confused as to how Shreveport found its way to the bottom of the list.

While Bomar said there definitely are struggles when finding the right spot for someone who is looking for a job, the key has always been dependability and a willingness to learn and grow.

"You have to be willing to start from the bottom sometimes and work your way up. You have to be patient, and that takes time. But you can get there," he said.

"And if you do lack in one or more skills, there are numerous ways that you can improve that by using online sites, or we have templates here or there are places around town that you can go to increase your skillset."

Jean Simpson Personnel Services plans to release an article this month in Biz Magazine detailing exactly what employers are looking for and how to improve yourself to become the best person for the job.

Source: WalletHub

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