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Unemployment High Yet Jobs Remain Unfilled

Unemployment - Credit: NYTimes.com, Lucas Jackson/ReutersDuring the Democratic National Convention last week former President Bill Clinton touched on a pretty incredible statistic: there are currently over 3 million jobs that remain unfilled in the United States.

In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that number is 3.8 million as of July 2012. With all the news about the economy and unemployment why are candidates having a difficult time finding jobs and why are employers having a hard time filling openings?

Conventional wisdom would dictate that it must be a training issue because it would be impossible to fill a technical position that requires specialized training such as those in science, technology, engineering and math industries.  This argument is valid and accounts for some of the shortfall of qualified candidates but according to a manpower survey these jobs are not the only ones who have a shortage.

The top ten career fields that are having trouble filling vacancies are as follows:

  • Skilled Trades
  • Engineers
  • IT Staff
  • Sales Representatives
  • Accounting & Finance Staff
  • Drivers
  • Mechanics
  • Nurses
  • Machinist/Machine Operators
  • Teachers

Truck drivers for instance can earn between $30,000 to $60,000 per year and there is an estimated need for 300,000 drivers right now. Drivers are expected to be drug tested and pass a driving test in addition they spend a significant time away from home, particularly if they are over the road drivers. This is an example of a middle class, blue collar job that applicants are simply passing on.

Machine operators do not require a college degree but do require the ability to read blueprints, operate a caliper and be able to work with a computer, this job pays an estimated $60,000 per year.

With few exceptions the most in demand careers appear to require at least some training and the one that does not, Sales, generally requires specialized experience. The good news is that many states provide funding for training programs and in some cases employers will train the right candidate in exchange for signing a contract guaranteeing that the employee will stay for a predetermined period of time.

If you are currently unemployed please visit the Department of Labor website for training opportunities and if you are finding yourself underemployed perhaps it is time to look into these in demand jobs that remained unfilled.

Pete Kontakos is a contributor that discusses training, fitness and also writes for http://ushcgshots.com/


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