Jobs Available, Where are the Workers?

One of the most vexing challenges facing our region’s economy (and much of the nation’s economy) is that despite rising unemployment rates employers have a difficult time finding workers with the skills they need to succeed.

This paradox was highlighted again today in a Plain Dealer article entitled: Where are the manufacturing jobs in Northeast Ohio?

Here is a key part of the story:

There are literally thousands of open manufacturing jobs in Northeast Ohio including plenty in Cuyahoga County, said Judith Crocker, director of education and training at MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network. The educational requirements for these jobs range from short-term skilled certifications to advanced degrees.

“The problem is the gap between the skills of the job seekers and the skills that are required by the employers. Today’s manufacturers also expect workers to be cross-trained,” Crocker said.

Author: advance759