(Kent County)------The state has it's highest unemployment rate in more than 20 years.
More people are turning to staffing companies and temp agencies to get back to work.
At a restaurant like Branns, they need lots of bodies to make food and serve customers: jobs that are more in demand than you may think.
"We're having people come in, maybe 30 people a week," said Owner Tom Brann.
Brann no longer uses Snelling Search in Grand Rapids to fill vacancies.
Staffing specialist Chuck Riley says many of his clients in the restaurant industry and in fields like health care either aren't hiring or have more applicants than they can handle.
"People who have been in business for 15 to 20 years in their profession with Master's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, that are asking for eight, nine, ten dollar an hour jobs."
Riley has been in staffing for 30 years. He says in the past companies would layoff full time workers and hire temps, but many aren't even doing that.
Janis Petrini, owner of Express Employment Professionals in Wyoming, says companies she works with are optimistic about a turnaround. She says some jobs are still out there in fields like property management and clerical.
"It's not a doom and gloom outlook," said Petrini. "It might be slow right now, but will be picking up or it's or they're just repositioning or redefining their business."
Petrini says, from a staffing standpoint, businesses can afford to be picky. Companies are benefiting from a stronger, more qualified pool of applicants to choose from.
"There are a lot of companies that are taking the opportunity to find professional people who are either unemployed or this is the opportunity to pick top performers because they're out there now."
The restaurant industry is known for it's high turnover rate. Brann says that hasn't been the case in the past few months.
He sees laid off workers in his restaurant every week looking for a paycheck.
Manpower Incorporated works with more than 90 industries. And while they haven't seen growth, they say they're diversified enough to keep finding people jobs.