UNL Study: Lincoln businesses struggle with hiring

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Lincoln, NE With Lincoln's low unemployment rate, it's no surprise businesses are having a hard time filling open positions but a new study by the University of Nebraska shows another growing trend for local business owners.

One of the biggest takeaways from the study is now the number of businesses that struggle with hiring employees.

The Bureau of Business Research at the University of Nebraska compared a study done a few years ago to this one from 2017 to 2018 and it's now up to 70 percent of businesses in the Lincoln metro area.

Restaurants like Highnooners and Honest Abe's in the downtown area say the struggle is not just hiring workers but how to get them to stay for more than a few months.

One solution businesses are finding giving workers more flexibility with their work schedules. They've also been asking for a commitment when they hire someone.

The Bureau of Business says even though there are a lot of people graduating college in Lincoln, there is a challenge to compete for these workers.

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce says it's worked on something called Employ-Link, a group that includes different state agencies along with workforce centers to bring people together.

The group puts on career fairs and several Lincoln businesses have made hires because of these efforts.