Unemployment down in WF, employers look to fill positions

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Unemployment is down in Wichita Falls and businesses are still looking to fill positions.

Michael Olaya is the owner of Dexter Learning – a tech training business located downtown. After attending Midwestern State University he realized Wichita Falls was the perfect place to jump start his career. Now he's hiring others.

Olaya said they have held events to find more engineers. He said, "We'll be recruiting heavily from Midwestern State Computer Science programs."

CEO of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Henry Florsheim feels there is a workforce problem, and that more young people like Olaya need to be brought to Wichita Falls. Florsheim said, "We've got hundreds of jobs that our key employers can't fill today. So, we've got to figure out how do we create more workers. Then, how do we become a city where more people are willing to stay and more people are willing to move to."

Both he and the Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Mona Statser feel that if the propositions on the bond pass it could make the city more appealing, leading to more young prospects.

Statser said, "Workers who are attracted to live here who come to work here have more quality of life. I know that some of the issues will help increase employment but to me it seems more like a quality of life issue."

Olaya has already voted yes on the bond. He feels that its success will be good for the city's future, especially for those in his generation. He said, "I'd much rather live in a community worth living in with a little bit higher taxes than one where no one wants to live. It's not just about the individual it's about the community."

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