Survey sheds light on what Missoula job seeker’s really want
35% of job seekers say “work environment” is most important factor when looking for a job.
A recent survey of Montana job seekers has culled important insight for local area employers during the state's historically low unemployment rate. Survey results, gathered by Montana-based employment agency, LC Staffing, indicate that job seeker priorities could be more complex than local employers realize.
While 25% of survey respondents declared that "wage" was one of their main considerations when looking for a job, a startling 35% stated that their "work environment" was a more important factor.
Market on Front
Artisan Grocery Store, Coffee Shop and Deli
Market on Front is an artisan grocery store, coffee shop and deli in the heart of downtown Missoula. They source local and sustainably cultivated products as often as possible to ensure they are offering their customers the highest quality selection available.
The store features a “bring your dog” patio and its location makes it ideal for business people looking for quick, quality meals, as well as for students looking for a good meal at a good price.
Be sure to check out this popular Missoula establishment.
Chamber Board Chair Advocates for Local Spending
by David Erickson for the Missoulian
Will Johnson, the newest chair of the Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, wants to use his yearlong term to raise awareness about how local spending is so important to a community’s economy.
“I want to spell out the connectivity of things that go on, that are missed in the community,” he said. “Folks complain about property taxes and turn around and buy from Amazon. There’s a disconnect there that needs to be shown and demonstrated.”
Johnson noted that Amazon doesn't pay Missoula County property taxes, sponsor a local Little League baseball team or contribute to any local nonprofits. But locally owned shops, grocery stores, sporting goods retailers and other businesses contribute tens of thousands of dollars to Missoula causes every year, he said.
“Local businesses show up and sponsor events and youth activities,” he said. “Three of our larger members contribute over a million dollars.”
Spending at locally owned stores keeps dollars in the community and supports jobs here. Those workers pay for housing, food, clothing and other goods in the Missoula economy. Johnson isn’t even against shopping at big box stores in Missoula, because at least those businesses pay local property taxes.