Business casual jobs are rising and many companies are expanding their workforce in the face of an aging population and rising costs, according to the Pennsylvania Business Casuals Association.
The Pennsylvania Business casuals association estimates that the state has a job market for casuals that is better than the national average.
It says it is forecasting that the number of casual workers will grow from 4.1 million in 2014 to 6.6 million in 2024.
More than half of Pennsylvania’s businesses employ some form of casuals, the association said in a press release.
“I think the more casual workers, the more we can grow our economy and the more businesses we can have,” said Rick Sager, president of the association.
“It is time for all of us to embrace the new economy that is growing in our state.”
“The job market is growing faster than the economy,” said Michael Kibbe, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.
There is a glut of jobs, he said.
Companies are hiring workers because the demand is there.
“They’re getting laid off, they’re moving to other states.
They’re looking for work in the suburbs.
We’re not seeing a boom in new businesses,” he said in an interview with WTVR.
For example, the state is still reeling from the collapse of the banking industry, which has forced some companies to lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.
Pennsylvania is still grappling with the recession, which is affecting people in all walks of life, but the unemployment rate is above 10 percent.
Kibbe said the state’s unemployment rate has declined by about 1 percent.
People are more confident about finding work now because the economy is booming, he added.
“People have gotten their confidence back,” he added in the release.