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More Than Half Of Employers Say They Can't Find Skilled Workers

MSNBC.COM - With 13 million unemployed people seeking work in this country, it would seem like anyone who wants to hire someone would have little difficulty doing so.

But that's not what many employers are saying.

More than half of U.S. employers surveyed by the staffing firm Manpower Group last year said they were having trouble filling job openings because they couldn't find qualified workers. That's a huge 38 percentage point jump from 2010, when only 14 percent said they were having trouble filling positions.

Economists and labor experts say that in some industries, there is a legitimate talent shortage: There simply aren't enough workers with the skills needed to do the jobs available.

But some also think there are other factors that are making it difficult for employers to connect with the right employees.

"Employers have been spoiled by the recession," said Melanie Holmes, a vice president with Manpower Group.

Holmes explained that the nation's high unemployment rate left many recruiters feeling they didn't have to look very hard to find a great candidate, and they could skimp on money or benefits.

Employers also may not be willing to spend the time or money training someone for a highly specialized job, or one that requires unique skills. click here to read the full story

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