“Why can’t I find a job? Why am I still unemployed? The economy is getting better, unemployment rates are down, I have a degree and a pretty good resume.”
A few years ago, the answer to this question might have varied:
- I guess I don’t have the right skills.
- Maybe, I’m over-qualified.
- Money is tight so there are no jobs.
- Most companies hire only insiders.
Disappointed job-seekers may have actually been eliminated for other reasons, including:
- Poor interview skills.
- Limited proficiency in technology. (Not enough software or internet savvy).
- Missing information on applications. (Names, numbers, contact info for references or prior employers).
All of the above may be true, but another issue is rapidly becoming a top reason for not getting hired:
- More and more job candidates are failing drug tests.
- Loosening of marijuana laws has increased its use across the country.
- Prescription drug abuse is causing an opioid epidemic in every state.
OnStaffUSA has over 400 unfilled job openings in West Michigan alone, according to an article by Jane Simons in a recent issue of MiBiz, a local business publication.
This growing problem has more than one implication. “When you have to turn down jobs because you don’t have enough employees, that affects the economy,” added Nora Balgoyen-Williams, outgoing director of economic development for Allegan County. When contracts are lost, companies stop hiring. Jobs go away altogether.
The bottom line: Drug abuse affects everyone – not just users.
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