He is trying to hire more people but no one is applying for the jobs he has open.
There is a simple way to solve that - it is called making the job lucrative enough to attract qualified personnel
If you want to hire a registered Civil Engineer with 15 years experience, and you offer him 20K, how many folks do you think you'll get?
Must be nice that employment in MO is so low folks can afford to pass on a job opening....OR the pay scale doesn't match what unemployment is paying.......
There are several bullet folks in that state, hiring away from your competition is one way to get seasoned qualified folks