“Near Impossible”: Kelowna Company Struggles to Hire Skilled Workers | The Canadian News

It seems like finding a job these days is pretty easy.

The hard part is owning a business and trying to hire and keep staff.

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“Finding someone who is qualified and who wants to show up and work is almost impossible right now,” said Tyson Wokoeck, CEO of Luxclusv Group.

the Luxclusv Group, a real estate and development company in Kelowna, is experiencing the struggle.

You are having a hard time finding working professionals to join the team.

“Getting people to apply right now is painful. We are advertising on ten different sites, spending a lot of money, “said Wokoeck.

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“We are interviewing maybe a couple of people every week, but it seems like no one shows up for work. We’re paying competitive rates, a lot more actually, and we’re still not getting what we’re looking for. “

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Kelowna’s unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, one of the lowest in the country, according to a Statistics Canada report, and a far cry from the 10.2 percent seen in the summer of 2020 during the COVID-closures. 19.

British Columbia’s unemployment rate stands at 5.9 percent with a full-time workforce of about 2.1 million people and only 160,000 British Columbia residents out of work.

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Overall, nationwide, there are nearly 900,000 job openings, according to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

He said filling those positions will be difficult, citing the lack of skilled workers as a major problem.

“The fact is, the hard part starts now. Talent is a problem in all sectors, at all levels of the value chain, in all parts of the country, and there is no silver bullet at hand, ”said Leah Nord, Senior Director of Workforce Strategies of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Other unemployment rates in British Columbia include Vancouver at 6.7 percent and Victoria at 4.4 percent.

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