While Maine overall has had some losses in the manufacturing sector in recent years, the city of Portland and its outer lying regions have been outpacing the rest of the state in terms of employment and economic growth, and that pace should continue in the coming year.
Where the Jobs Will Be
As the population of Maine ages, the healthcare sector will see an increase in jobs across the board from care providers to clinicians to office support staff.
Professional and business services are predicted to grow slowly but steadily through 2022, as are the education sector, leisure and hospitality. The construction and retail industries are expected to grow modestly as well.
There has been an effort in recent years to attract young people back to Portland who have left the area for college, and many civic leaders are hoping to boost job creation by investing in new technology firms and other startups.
The Population Challenge
Maine’s population is aging, and younger Portland residents are having fewer children than they did 20 or 30 years ago, which has presented a challenge for some employers. Maine needs more young people moving through the ranks to replace workers who are getting ready to retire. This will keep unemployment numbers low, but it will also mean companies will need to boost their recruiting efforts, focus on skill development to grow their internal benches or possibly recruit outside the Portland area, or outside of Maine altogether.
How Skilled Employees Can Find Great Opportunities In Portland
Maine’s overall employment growth will be steady, but Portland will experience higher growth in the next several years. Regardless of the economic and population challenges facing employers, Portland businesses must be able to connect with the right employees to fill their open positions, and Portland’s job seekers must know where to look for new opportunities. If you are a job seeker in the Portland, Maine area seeking new challenges, or if you are a business looking to connect with talented, qualified candidates, Bonney Staffing Center, Inc. can help. We work closely with both our clients and our talent to make strong matches that ensure positive outcomes for both employer and employee. Contact us today to see how we can help you achieve your goals this year.