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Hourly workers cost $3,500 each to hire: CEO

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Hourly workers, whether they're temporary or permanent, are costing companies too much to recruit, according to one firm.

Screening job applicants by hand and other inefficiencies are contributing to an average cost per new hire of $3,500 for hourly workers, according to job information provider Jobaline.

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That includes applicants for jobs at fast food chains, retail stores and seasonal warehouses, the positions that are currently most in demand, said Luis Salazar, Jobaline's co-founder and CEO.

Among the higher-paid workers in demand are skilled construction workers, specifically welders, according to Salazar.

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Companies spending less on recruitment by placing ads on the web are missing out on a wide swath of job-seekers with little or no Internet access, Salazar said.

Those job seekers are limited to job postings in newspapers, unemployment offices, and now more recently via text message, according to Salazar.

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