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Austin has more job openings than unemployed people

More jobs than people is the unique problem some Austin employers are dealing with. Austin's economy is thriving and more businesses are coming here, but the Austin Chamber of Commerce says some companies are having a hard time finding people to hire. (CBS Austin)

More jobs than people is the unique problem some Austin employers are dealing with. Austin's economy is thriving and more businesses are coming here, but the Austin Chamber of Commerce says some companies are having a hard time finding people to hire.

"The challenge that you have is technology that is changing industries very rapidly," says Drew Scheberle, vice president of talent for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Austin currently has 42,000 job openings but only 36,000 unemployed people.

"Companies are looking for more senior software engineers than exist in the world," says Scheberle.

Tech and medical are two industries that are constantly hiring. Craig Cordola, president & CEO at Ascension Texas says the Seton Healthcare Family has hired 3,000 people in the last year and they aren't finished.

"This year alone we'll likely hire another 3,000 employees," Cordola says. They currently have 680 openings in positions like nursing, labs, imaging and physical therapy. To help fill the labor gap they've brought people here from all over the country.

"The good news is that Austin and central Texas... it's a desirable place, so we've actually had a really good time in recruiting both physicians and staff to central Texas. It's an easy sell," Cordola says.

The Chamber of Commerce says there's no doubt those empty jobs will get filled.

"They're always going to come. We just want to make sure we're preparing the economy for them to be able to stay and thrive here," Scheberle says.

The chamber says the things the city needs to tackle if they want people to move here and stay are more housing, affordability, better land use and less congestion. They expect the city's population to continue doubling every 20 years.

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