Bit by bit, Chico is digging itself out of an economic slump. And things are looking much better for local job seekers.
Many North State businesses are reporting more employment opportunities for the first time in years.
Chico’s rise in recent hires mirrors the national trend. According to the Labor Department, job openings rose to 3.9 million in February—which was the highest in five years.
Though there is an increase in recent employment opportunities, the job market remains very competitive.
“It’s a very exciting time in our industry because we are going to have to find more people,” said Phil Feser of Rush Personnel Services Inc. “Employers are very demanding and there being a little picky with their hiring; but it's a good opportunity.”