After sitting vacant for nearly 10 years, the old smoke shop next to the Dollar General at 206 Harrison Street has been occupied by Wise Staffing, a temp-to-hire job staffing agency.
Cassie Tinsley is the staffing manager at the Wise Staffing office in Princeton. The company has two other locations, one in Hopkinsville and the other in Paducah.
Tinsely is preparing to serve the community by hosting a proper opening and a job fair later this month. The facility is currently undergoing repairs and improvements.
Wise Staffing provides job placement services, particularly for local employers like TreeHouse, Hydro-Gear and Ryder System.
KYStats reported the August unemployment rate in Caldwell County was 3.6%, reaching the yearly low for the second time — it was 3.6% in April.
It wasn’t until August that Caldwell County residents participated in the labor force at pre-pandemic levels.
“It’s not there yet, but it’s climbing,” Tinsley said.
She explained many job seekers are traveling from outside of Princeton. Most of the applicants she sees are traveling from Cadiz, Hopkinsville, Benton, Eddyville and Kuttawa.
Commuting from nearby communities enables co-workers to carpool to work, Tinsley noted. She said it is common for Fredonia and Marion employees to carpool to Princeton.
Besides transportation logistics, child care dilemmas persist, Tinsely noted.
The demand for affordable, accessible childcare services endures well into the second year of the public health emergency that is the COVID-19 pandemic.
To amplify job applications during this time, Wise Staffing offers online services to reach more job seekers.
Tinsely explained the online resource encourages job seekers.
“You can do it all online except for your drug screen. That’s what makes it simple.”
She added increasing the number of childcare providers will stabilize the local area workforce and safeguard positive employment figures.
The Paducah and Hopkinsville offices are encountering job placement surges.
“Their numbers have increased big time, probably within the last six months,” she added.
Establishing a local staffing office for community members is beneficial.
“They’re pretty excited about having someone local. I’m from Princeton so, it makes it easier,” Tinsley said.
Wise Staffing plans to grow its clientele, adding more employers and employees to its portfolio.