TRINITY Heights store Rosanna's Street Food has been unable to fill a position for months in one sign of the complexity of the economy as strong Federal Government assistance continues.
Rosanna Eliades said she hadn't had any serious applicants for the role in almost six months.
"We've had a few people hand their resumes in, yet when we ask them to come in, they simply didn't bother," she said.
"While we only have casual positions available, we are looking for someone for five days a week up to 25 hours per week, so with casual rates, it is a pretty good job."
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Ms Eliades said she had tried employment agencies before, but people either failed to show up or weren't suitable for the role.
"We tried going through an employment agency, but it simply didn't work out," she said.
"Social media is a great community tool, so we tried posting vacancies on Facebook.
"We had a few people message us after we posted, but again were no-shows when we asked them to come in.
"It's not overly difficult work we do, but there just seems to be a poor attitude out there and an unwillingness to work."
While COVID-19 has had a big impact on employment levels across the country, regional NSW appears to have fared better than most.
Lack of COVID cases, JobKeeper payments, strong seasonal and agricultural industries, coupled with supportive local communities, have all helped boost regional economies and keep unemployment levels down.
ABS Labour Force Data reports the Central West unemployment is four per cent, though youth unemployment (aged 15 to 24) is 9.7pc.
We've had a few people hand their resumes in, yet when we ask them to come in, they simply didn't bother.
Melinda Barton, who is an executive recruiter for Spinifex Recruiting, which has a branch in Bathurst, said they were finding it hard to get casual and part-time workers for a variety of roles.
"It has been a bit tricky for a while, but especially since COVID hit, we have seen a number of new clients coming to us for help finding workers," she said.
"The main shortages seem to be around casual and part-time positions because most full-time or permanent positions are taken up pretty quickly, but the shortage is affecting a wide range of industries.
"There is a perception that casual or part-time positions are poorly paid and that jobs in general on this side of the Blue Mountains are not well paid, but it's simply not the case, especially when you factor in living costs.
"We have also seen a tendency due to COVID of people not swapping jobs or industries while they are in safe, regular employment but for anyone looking to change career paths or start fresh, now is the perfect time to complete additional training or upskill and take advantage of job opportunities."