From a multi-million dollar upgrade to WesBanco Arena, to the future home of the Health Plan Wheeling and the entire Ohio Valley is starting to see an increase in something people have been waiting for job opportunities. But are those jobs paying enough?
“People deserve better pay and that’s one thing that I think everybody is in favor of some economists do have the concern though that because it costs more for the company to be paying the higher wage that in fact people will be laid off and there will be fewer people working. It remains to be played out but certainly as I said people deserve the higher wage,” said Pete Holloway, Senior Vice President of Hazlett, Burt, and Watson.
On the first of the year, minimum wage workers in West Virginia got a raise from $8 to $8.75. Ohio’s minimum wage remains $8.10. But what if you’re having troubling just finding a job in the area?
“As for employees themselves, maybe they don’t know of certain companies in the area. So when they come to us it’s kind of like a one and done application instead of going out to 35 different places and doing an application there they can kind of register with us and then we go from there on head hunting,” said Jamie Midcap.
Jamie Midcap works for Mancan Job Services in Wheeling. She said they have been especially busy in the last 6 months placing job seekers and she hopes he hike in minimum wage will help continue the trend.
Ohio saw more job openings this fall than any other time since 2011. More than 40% of jobs paid $50,000 or more annually. Big demand was for truck drivers, followed by registered nurses, retail workers and customer-service representatives.