I’d love to be able to say that Hurricane Irma is a distant memory. But we all know that’s not true, and won’t be for some time. Even two weeks removed, electric companies scramble to bring power to those still without it, and construction workers are busy rebuilding homes and businesses – in many cases – from the ground up. Even the Greater Orlando Builders Association has to rebuild its headquarters due to storm damage. Crews are working as quickly as they can, but with so much work, workers are scarce. More folks considering construction training would help fill gaps…
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at least on paper. Giant retailers Macy’s and Target announced plans to hire 80,000 and 100,000 seasonal workers nationally to work in stores, warehouses, and distribution centers. That’s a lot of new, albeit temporary, jobs to boost an already growing economy. As big box stores and smaller neighborhood businesses continue to struggle against e-commerce leaders, consumers might expect better deals this season. But those deals could come with a long-term price, like the demise of family and boutique businesses and less local talent to fill the increasing gap.