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Why Are There 3 Million Unfilled Job Openings in America Right Now?

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Why Are There 3 Million Unfilled Job Openings in America Right Now?What Recovery?

The headline in a national news magazine caught my attention of course. However, it was Myth #4 – “we can move where the jobs are” – in the sub head “The Five Myths About The Economy” that had me reading more closely.

We all constantly hear about the shortage of jobs – and job creation – in the country, and how that is key to our economic rebound.

So it came as a fairly big surprise to read that in fact we have 3 million job openings today in search of suitable candidates.

One of the reasons for that is the available skills in the labor pool aren’t aligned with the available jobs.

“There’s a tremendous mismatch in the jobs market right now,” states James Manyika, one of the authors of a new McKinsey study An Economy That Works: Job Creation and America’s Future.

“It runs across skill set, gender, class and geography.”

It’s a fascinating, comprehensive report, but in the event you don’t want to take the time to pore through 100 pages, let me give you the highlights, at least in the aforementioned area of the unfilled job openings.

In their survey, McKinsey finds nearly two-thirds of business executives say they routinely have difficulty filling certain positions. The top reason they cite is lack of specific qualifications or experience.

That skill/experience mismatch may pose bigger problems for job creation in the future. Although half of the companies in the same report they will expand employment in 2011, 40% say they have also had positions open for six months or more because they can’t find the right candidates.

So what are some of the underlying factors for this?

Why Are There 3 Million Unfilled Job Openings in America Right Now?For starters, we aren’t as likely to move for a new job as we once were. A few decades ago, one in five Americans changed residences every year. That number has fallen to one in 10 today, and the collapse of the real estate market makes it harder for many homeowners to even consider relocation.

This is why laid off auto workers in Detroit can’t move to take welding and assembly jobs in North Dakota, an area with low unemployment and cheap housing.

Mobility is also limited by the rise of dual-income families, so now you actually require two jobs for every move.

McKinsey goes on to identify other causes of the unfilled job openings, now and in the coming years. Too few students will earn college degrees, and many of those who do will get them in low-demand fields. Too many workers will have no more than a high school diploma and the number of American workers without even that will grow.

The result? The skill mismatches will worsen.

The study states that investing in the talent of the U.S. workforce will be critical to help fuel economic growth – and to restore full employment.

“U.S. workers are known for their productivity, flexibility and resilience. As the labor force grows, employers, public institutions and workers themselves, will need to address growing skill gaps to unleash this fundamental source of competitive advantage.”

One area of the job situation cited in the study is actually good news for staffing agencies.

“The use of temp workers is also changing,” the McKinsey study says. “In decades past, most temps were in positions such as administrative assistants, production line workers or in processing jobs. Today, a growing share of temporary employees are in occupations such as human resources, accounting and even engineering. From 2003 – 2001, there was a net gain of 44,000 contract workers in high-skill professional and technical services, despite an overall loss of more than 600,000 jobs in the contract labor sector.”

In a 100-page document so heavily researched and full of facts, it is perhaps somewhat dangerous to pull out a single paragraph and give it more emphasis than any other. But this is one that stuck out for me, and I will close with it.

“With each successive jobless recovery, the structural factors that hinder job creation become more apparent. Addressing these underlying issues will be critical not only to the lives of American workers, but also to the continuing success of the U.S. economy.”

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  1. chanel

    I love how you guys are always putting up these articles about millions of unfilled jobs and dont say where these jobs are. Brake it down so that an unemployed person, like me, knows where to look. Im currently in New York City and I can say that we don’t have any jobs here. At least nothing I apply for and I’ll work damn near anywhere so I can pay a bill. Bottom line, tell us where the jobs are state by state or something.

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    • VoiceOfReason

      Break, not brake. Maybe aside from your spelling ability your sense of people just handing it to you is why you’re unemployed.

      Troll out!

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      • Chanel

        Let’s get something straight, me misspelling a word has nothing to do with unemployment. And at what point did I say I wanted someone to hand me a job?? Maybe you need to re read that post.

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  2. Loren Adams

    Agreed. I get so tired of hearing about how these places are complaining because they can’t find the right people. I have a suspicion that the majority of these 3 million applicants are perfectly qualified for the jobs, but they’re getting disqualified by some overwrought electronic talent management system. I think there are waaaayyyy too many cases where the employers, especially the larger ones, just need to get out of their own way.

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  3. David Gee

    Chanel, I can appreciate your frustration. But one of the things we all agreed Staffing Talk would not be is a job board. It is not designed to help you get a job, find a job, keep a job.

    It is an aggregation of news, best practices and lessons learned aimed at those in the staffing, recruiting and HR industries.

    The McKinsey study I referred to extensively in this article does not break out the states where these three million unfilled jobs are.

    I am sure the McKinsey folks would also say it wasn’t their intent with the study to tell people where to search for jobs. You can use Google for that.

    The point of this study was to look at some of the underlying, root causes of the weak job market, and figure out ways to address those.

    As for the three million number, those are three million unfilled jobs, not three million candidates who haven’t been hired.

    As the study reports, the reason for those jobs going unfilled is that “available skills in the labor pool don’t line up well with the available jobs.”

    That mismatch is apparently only intensifying, as the study indicates.

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  4. David Gee

    OK, I should have been more precise in my language. ST doesn’t exist as a nationwide job board ala Monster and others, but there are industry jobs for those currently in – or interested in – a career in the staffing business. Sorry about that miscue. Thanks for the clarification Paul.

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  5. Phil Foti

    I agree completely, companies are not only looking for specific skills but they are being very picky.. many want and can top-grade. My search firm is BUSY while other agencies cry.. it’s the economy… THERE IS ALWAYS NEED FOR HIGH VALUE, ALIGNED TALENT.

    When college students get BS degrees (Bulll****) that are irrelevant to the needs of the market place they are befuddled at why they have to take a job at Starbucks.

    A cousin spent 100k on a music degree and she could barely play an instrument, I just kept my mouth shut but…. let’s see … she can’t find work… and has a 100K in student loans… sad…

    Until our educational system get’s it’s head out if it’s a** and catches up to the rest of the world in math and science… we’ll never be able to completely align with the real needs of our new economy and labor market. We’re so technology driven now.

    The WELDERS in DETROIT “COULD” have had a better education and maybe developed the robotics that do most of the manufacturing of automobiles today.

    I live across the street from AMD, I watch all of the brilliant foreign (mostly Indian) engineers go to work every day… Americans could be in those jobs, but we espouse our children to playing Zombie Combat while Indian and Chinese espouse STUDY!!!!

    My 21 year old son went on to 2 years of college and hated it, developed his own skills out of his passion for network security (he was a hacker genius in his tweens and teens, I hated that) but he worked with companies, experts and even the govt to find vulnerabilities in networks. Now he got a job with a preIPO enterprise network efficiency company in Austin and is making bank. His skills aligned with the market without a college degree. He will complete his degree online. He’s getting a million dollar education. He aligned WITHOUT a college degree.

    Whether formal market relevant education or self taught competencies that employers can’t resist…. the goal is alignment with reality.

    One last word… I’ve seen many people getting degree’s in RHETORIC???? What??? I’m almost at the point where federal grant money should not fund non aligned degrees that don’t contribute to the economy as a whole. We are all part of community and have to serve both ourselves and the common good. That’s how society should work at peak. If people want to study Rhetoric… do it on your own dime…

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  6. David Gee

    Thanks for your comments Phil, and all of the examples you gave from your own experience when it comes to the subject of the misalignment of the workforce with the jobs available today, and in the future.

    My first exposure to this subject a couple of years ago when I was doing a magazine story on the owner/CEO of a high-tech machine shop.

    He makes critical high-tech, low-tolerance metal pieces for the likes of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. And he told me has lots of stable, good paying jobs that he can’t even find applicants for.

    This very successful entrepreneur feels too many young people go to four-year colleges. They then struggle with too much debt and too few opportunities when they graduate.

    He said if more of our less academic high school grads instead went on to some type of vocational training or education, they would get into the workforce sooner, with far less debt, and find some good jobs waiting for them.

    I have a nephew who lives in Europe. As he was finishing high school he took a test that would help determine whether he would go to trade school or college/university.

    Although he is a smart kid, he did not qualify for a four-year institution (in Europe anyway, although he could have gone to college here) and was encouraged to learn a trade, something 60% of European secondary school grads do.

    He loves horses, went to a trade school that taught equine science and management and is happily employed at a large stable operation outside of Monaco.

    Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and former New York Times education columnist, estimates that in three years 46% of all the jobs in this country will require a high school graduate or less, while 28% will require a college degree.

    I didn’t intend this post, or these comments, to be a referendum on the pros and cons of college. But I think we can all agree that we can do a better job aligning our education and training with the jobs that exist now, and those that have yet to be created or even imagined.

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  7. Arron Black

    It is a legitimate position to take that this is not a jobs board and therefore you do not list specific employers. But that hardly excuses not listing *what* these jobs are. I’ve been hearing this for years and have yet to see any specifics about what these jobs are that require scientific or techinical education.

    If what you mean are jobs that require some-kind of six-week vocational course maybe. If you mean jobs that actually require education as an engineer or scientist – no, I don’t beleive it.

    What I’ve seen develop over the last 10 years is the rise of HR types making hiring decisions. They aren’t qualified to either understand the job, or evaluate the candidates. Academic hiring is an extreme and therefore clear example of this.

    The hiring of teaching and research faculty used to involve a faculty committiee writing and placing an ad in the appripriate place, and having letters of application sent directly to the chair of the committie. Increasingly, HR people have taken over, and procede by posting a notice on their HR website, and some other venue which will not reach the best candidates. They require candidates to fill out online or pdf forms more appropriate for working at a convenience store than a professional position, and they uniformly require candidates to agree to be drug-tested, submit to criminal and credit background checks for no apparent reason other than that they are now easily and cheaply available. On the other hand faculty comittiees would actually speak with candidates, their references, and anyone the references suggested, and were competent to ask the correct questions. HR types lacking the necessary competence rely on some mindless algorithm to sort through a pile of uniform application forms, and a checklist based on some third party generated “background” reports to choose candidates.

    This alone will stop many of the best candidates because they didn’t spend years getting the education and professional experience they have so that they could move to a job where they are seen no differently than a cashier at the quickie-mart.

    For the much broader non-academic market the HR inflicted damage to the hiring process is more advanced and more complicated. Add to this the fact that many in management doing the hiring have no technical background, and don’t understand that someone with 15 years experience in a techinical field that involves computer modeling for example, does not need to have used Microsoft Word to be able to prepare a report, and can, if necessary, figure out how to use whatever particular version of Word is in use without requiring “training”.

    There is no shortage of scientifically and technically educated people. There is an oversupply of middle-management, and HR buerocrats clogging up the works.

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    • regeya

      Not only that, but the rise of the “the unemployed need not apply” mentality has got to be a factor.

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  8. Barry Wilson

    The Mackinsey study is based on survey data which is suspect since it is very out of line with labor projections both current and past. Mackinsey also serves as a right -wing propaganda machine that distributes misinformation in support of an agenda. They have no credibility in my book.

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  9. David Gee

    Barry, thanks for the comment. You totally have my attention. I would love to get some citations supporting your statement that the survey data is suspect and out of line with labor projections.

    In fact, I first read of this study in a recent issue of TIME Magazine focusing on jobs, and how specifically our labor force is out of alignment with the jobs that are available. They used the McKinsey study to give some more empirical evidence to their story. I don’t think I have ever heard TIME get accused of being a right-wing propaganda machine. Most of the time it is indeed the opposite.

    Literally just a few minutes before I started this reply, I typed the words “is the american workforce aligned with the jobs” into Google. The first story that popped up is this one, the Staffing Talk story I wrote June 24.

    There were dozens of other hits though that would seem to support TIME magazine’s contention, and back up the McKinsey report.

    One of the top Google hits came from a non-profit out of Washington, D.C. called the National Skills Coalition (www.nationalskillscoalition.org). They say, “We seek an America that grows its economy by investing in its people, so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper.” Again, the opposite of right wing. On their section of the website marked “A Strong Economy” they begin with this lead sentence…”U.S. investments with skills are not aligned with labor market realities.”

    I also came across a 34-page report from the HR Policy Association. That group is comprised of the Chief Human Resource Officers at 300 of the largest companies doing business in America, and employing more than 20 million people.

    As CHROs, they are responsible for hiring, training, promotion and succession. As a result, they are of course interested in – and responsible for – a well-trained, skilled and appropriately educated workforce.

    In this report, “Educating the 21st Century Workforce,” they say association members are concerned that our institutions are being outpaced by the accelerating rate of change in our global marketplace.

    “The educational system in the U.S. seems to be having great difficulty producing graduates with the requisite skills to staff the jobs of the 21st Century.”

    Further….

    “As the U.S. grapples with continuing high unemployment, policy makers should recognize that many employers believe that jobs that would have otherwise stayed in the U.S. have gone offshore because of the insufficient number of people with trades-related competencies available in the U.S. workforce.”

    Specifically, they call out the shortage of welders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, construction workers and other “relatively high paying jobs for which there are fewer and few employees with the adequate skill set.”

    You may read the full report at http://www.hrpolicy.org/documents/positions/10-123%20Educating%20the%2021st%20Century%20Workforce.pdf.

    To summarize though, all of these things I mention seem to support the TIME magazine article, and the McKinsey study I referenced in my article, that there is a basic gap between millions of job openings and millions of potential job candidates.

    If you have some recent, credible research that refutes that, please call it to our attention and we’ll take a look at it.

    The only agenda I am sensing is the desire on lots of people’s parts to improve the way we are educating, training and equipping our workforce, today and in the future, so that there is alignment between what the market needs and what the talent pool provides.

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  10. Susan

    The reason for those jobs going unfilled is that “available skills in the labor pool don’t line up well with the available jobs.” That’s one reason but truly DOES NOT cover it all. Jobs aren’t filled immediately, some jobs now have unreasonable expectations, low awareness of job openings in a user-accessible way and inefficiencies in the hiring systems certainly contributes as well.

    The real issue isn’t 3 million unfilled jobs. The real (big) issue is the need to create 20+ million jobs in a stalled economy.

    While Mckinsey claims we need 22.5 million jobs to achieve full employment by 2020, keep in mind that as of June, 2011 there are 14 million unemployed plus 8.5 million working part-time but looking for full time work, 6.5 million want a job but haven’t actively looked in the past 4 weeks. That’s a total of 29 MILLION folks! 3 million job openings just won’t cut it.

    Certainly your closing paragraph addresses the key challenge of job creation. I would love to see more public awareness and discussion on that point. It is the real issue at hand.

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  11. Sickofthelies

    There should be 15+ million job openings, not 3 million. That’s the problem.

    For the past three years, 3 million jobs have NOT been just sitting there “unfilled.” Each month, the 3 million jobs get filled, and 3 million new ones open in their place.

    You’re misinterpreting the data.

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  12. Sickofthelies

    Also, you can’t go by those surveys of employers. They have a motive behind their false claims that loads of Americans aren’t properly trained to work for them. It’s because they’re lobbying the federal government to give them permission to hire more H1B visa holders to come from abroad to work for them here. They prefer the H1B workers because those people are more easily ordered around and exploited, for fear they’ll lose their visas and get sent back to their countries. Back in the day, employers used to hire Americans and give them on-the-job training. Today, they prefer to outsource and offshore to overseas labor, and/or to bring H1B workers here.

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  13. David Gee

    Thanks for your comments. It’s awesome you are still finding articles that we wrote last summer, and commenting on them, even if you are not in agreement with what we are saying or how we are interpreting the data.

    If I am misreading the data, I guess I am in good company. Google “3 million job openings,” as I just did seconds before writing this reply, and you will find stories from BusinessWeek, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and ABC-TV among others, about the number of job openings that exist today, and yesterday, and tomorrow, because of a lack of qualified applicants.

    Also, go to http://www.bls.gov/jlt/. That’s the federal website from the Bureau of Labor Statistics known as JOLTS, for Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey, which has been issued monthly since December 2000. There you will find the “Latest Job Openings Level” to be at 3.1 million people. So I think we can agree that the 3 million openings figure I used is widely used by many others, including the feds.

    I do agree with your assessment that those are not necessarily the same 3 million jobs, that jobs are filled and others come open. The broader point is that there are still a lot of jobs open during a time when lots of people need them. And I attempted to look at some of the reasons why.

    The U.S. economy has changed dramatically over the past couple of years—faster, it seems, than the workforce can adapt. Just as the unemployment rate measures problems in the labor market from the workers’ perspective, the job openings rate measures the difficulty that employers have filling slots. While economists usually focus on the unemployment rate, in many ways the job openings rate is just as important.

    Of course globalization of the workforce and offshoring and the lack of hiring while corporate America sits on piles of cash has been – and is – a problem. And I have written posts on those subjects as well.

    The point of the story to which you commented on though is that we have changing employment needs in this country, and for lots of reasons, the workforce hasn’t kept pace with those changes.

    Thanks again for the comment.

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  14. Hey!

    People lose their jobs because they aren’t the best.
    Businesses lose business and market share because they aren’t the best (or aren’t perceived to be the best).

    It’s “workplace Darwinism” and “economic Darwinism”.

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    • regeya

      Speaking as a person who lost his relatively low-paying job to an Indian firm, only to hear the person who made the decision complain about how terrible the quality was, but that the price was right, this isn’t a case of losing a job to someone better. Would anyone argue that the quality of goods has risen over the past 30 years?

      David Gee, it’s nice to see that you’re defending yourself in a constructive manner, but I would argue that you’re leaning on consensus and appeals to authority. Although it could mean you’re correct, that’s not necessarily a foregone conclusion.

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  15. Jomster

    I ‘ve read numerous articles lately about the number of unfilled jobs that are out there because of a lack of skills in the American worker. This has promted educational organizations to beat the drum of more STEM education for american workers.

    But NONE of the articles ANYWHERE lists the type of job or location of these unfilled jobs. It leads me to believe that there is a global misunderstanding of the data similar to what you see when there is an investment bubble. There is a lot of group thinking but no one digging into the details to find the truth.

    These numbers don’t make sense for several reasons. First, economics 101 says that whenever there is a shortage of something it’s price will rise. That means that if these jobs were going unfilled their wages would go up until the position was filled. And I am not hearing ‘man you can make big bucks at so and so job. So I am going to go into that industry’.

    Second, most workers who lost jobs during the recession were in the real estate or financial related fields. Since we don’t make houses or package loans anymore those people would have to be retrained in a new industry. It’s not that they are ‘uneducated’. It’s that they are educated in a different field.

    So David Gee, I challenge you to List 5 jobs and their location, pay and skills needed to back up your article. My guess is you can’t find them.

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    • gregg dourgarian

      Five jobs:
      1. Javascript Developer. Eagan, MN. Tempworks Software. Pay: $50-$100k. Expertise in Javascript, HTML5 and C#.
      2. User Interface Developer. Eagan, MN. Tempworks Software. Pay $50-$100k. Expertise in design and user interface development. HTML5. Photoshop.
      3. ERP Implementer. Eagan, MN. Tempworks Software Pay: $50-$100k. Expertise in SQL. Excellent communication and people skills.
      4. Mobile Developer. Eagan, MN. Tempworks Software Pay: $50-$100k. Expertise in HTML5, Android, i-Phone, Responsive Design, Ajax, Javascript

      ok…i could only name four …guess you got me there Jomster.

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  16. Gary Merkel

    I represent a group of about 450 professionals in Sacramento, all with BA-PhD degrees and many with decades of mid to upper-management experience. A handful have found “real” jobs, some have subsistence jobs ($10-12/hr, 10-20 hrs/week), most are unemployed. Most are over 50. Every one of them are ready to go to work tomorrow. Nobody in this market wants them. Where are these 3 million underfilled jobs?

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    • Gregg Dourgarian

      If I represented such a group the first thing I would do is go talk to the governor (and the one before him etc) and ask why the state has squandered its enormous wealth with inane socialist policies which have chased away employers to Texas and given new meaning to ABC (anywhere but California).

      The next thing I would do is instead of being online complaining I’d be getting those people online learning mobile software development (we are talking higher IQ people here right?). The learning resources are largely free and you only need to travel down highway 80 (yes, traffic is bad i know) to find a legion of VC backed startups so starved for those skills they’re sending the precious resources they have to the Phllipines and India to crosstrain.

      The third thing I would do is buy a bus ticket to Houston because really I don’t see things turning around any time soon for most of California, a state I love despite everything.

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  17. David Gee

    In response to those of you looking for specifics about where at least five of these 3 million jobs are…here’s some more info. that was contained in a follow up article to this post you are all commenting on.

    I speak to recruiters and HR and staffing pros quite regularly. In fact, I gave a presentation to 200 of them at the corporate headquarters of Best Buy just last week.

    Here is what I hear from them, all the time. Every one of them who works in the IT space are having a VERY difficult time finding enough people to fill all of their openings.

    Anyone who has the word Java appearing on their resume in some form or fashion probably has 25, 50, or even hundreds of job choices in virtually any large city in the country.

    Gregg Dourgarian’s openings at TempWorks would support that. These are good paying jobs, six figures in many cases.

    Further, “middle-skill” workers – those with more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree – are currently in demand.

    The state of New York for example projects it will have nearly a million job openings for these workers by the year 2018.

    About 46 percent of all current job openings in New York are classified as middle-skill, but only 39 percent of New York workers have the credentials to fill them.

    Some of the middle-skill jobs expected to grow by 2018 include dental hygienists, with median annual earnings of $65,160; electricians, with median annual earnings of $61,430; and aircraft mechanics with median annual earnings of $56,900.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics says between the years 2008 and 2018 two million new construction workers will be needed, including 160,000 carpenters, 112,000 plumbers and 168,000 electricians.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics says between the years 2008 and 2018 two million new construction workers will be needed, including 160,000 carpenters, 112,000 plumbers and 168,000 electricians.

    Millions of other well-paid skilled trade and production employees will also have to be replaced, according to the HR Policy Association, comprised of the Chief Human Resource Officers at 300 of the largest companies doing business in America that collectively employ over 20 million people.

    I have a friend who owns an HVAC company, and has a bunch of patents he is trying to commercialize that involve a technology that would mean huge cost and energy savings for large buildings. He can’t find enough mechanical engineers.

    The Chief Human Resource Officers say “the development of individuals with science, technology, engineering and math skills (STEM) has been badly neglected in the United States, creating national security issues and hobbling the economy.”

    The HR execs specifically cite the defense industry, saying defense contractors anticipate tens of thousands of highly skilled engineers will retire in the next five years or so. And there aren’t enough candidates to replace them.

    So I think I am well past the five jobs Jomster called for.

    Gary, I totally empathize with you. There are way too many unemployed and underemployed people in this country. I know it is a tough climate, particularly for the older workforce. We all understand age discrimination is alive and well.

    Despite the fact I easily corroborated the premise of my article with plenty of specifics, nowhere in the article did I say that every qualified person who needs a job in this country has one.

    What I did say is that there are large numbers of unfilled jobs right now because of a lack of applicants with the right experience and training. Granted, many of these jobs are technical in nature, and may not do many of the members in your group any good, but that doesn’t do anything to impugn my article.

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  18. Anonymous

    I have found that most people I have come across in college didn’t choose a manufacturing career because they were afraid of companies closing down factories and moving to other countries which would leave them out of a job. For me, it’s like the article said, I havent even heard of some of those job titles and I have a BA. How can one train for something that we don’t even know exists?

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  19. John Henry

    Here is what I see as coming very soon. – The extinction by design of the IT industry. What I mean by that is this – the IT industry as a whole has set up a hiring process that itself is destined to cull from the herd until there is no one available to do the requisite functions necessary to keep their respective business models alive. If the prevalent, recurring requirement is “must have at least “x” years in the “x” field”. (be it IP telephony, IP security, network infrastructure, Cisco configuring, or myriad other fields within the IT industry) then by default they have set up a system that is doomed to extinction.
    In order to get experience, you have to have experience, in order to have experience, you have to get experience. Numerous reports say that there are an obscene amount of IT jobs that are going unfilled. Yes, no kidding, who would have thought that if you only hire those already within the available currently experienced employee pool within an ever expanding industry in the hottest field today that the herd of those with experience would become thinned to try and cover more of these positions and there would be a ridiculous amount of unfilled positions? Very rudimentary math would have shown you that. Yet this practice goes on.
    Not many jobs are being filled because the experienced ones have already found their jobs that meet their terms and are not looking to move yet. There is a plentiful untapped resource available to hiring managers of persons who may become adept within the IT industry in short fashion who have went to legitimate colleges, received their certifications in the respective IT disciplines, and attempted to enter the under-filled, higher job growth rate industry only to be told time and time again that they need to have experience in order to work at (fill in the blank, most IT firms are the same regarding this requirement). This business model is doomed to failure.
    Whereas in times past a plumber may hire an apprentice who will learn the ropes to become a licensed plumber themselves, whereas an electrician may hire an apprentice to help the apprentice become a licensed journeyman, the same does not hold true for the IT industry.
    The IT professionals who are actually in the trenches would, I believe, love the opportunity to continue to train a new IT professional and have that person become tailored to their particular business model within their specific enterprise. But sadly, they are not the ones that have any input in the hiring process. The HR department has the decrees from upper management that this WILL be the acceptable standard that someone must meet before they are considered for employment. Again, that business model has as its’ logical conclusion, extinction of the IT industry.

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  20. Karen Bracken

    Jobs are unfilled because companies do not want to train workers. They want the schools to train the kids in a specific career then send them to the company for a job. This is how the Communists do it. Education is to educate a child so they can choose the field they want to move into and have the ability to be trained by the employer to do that job. Common Core is the dumbing down and preparation for the government to tell parents what job their child will do?? I am so sick of the BULL CRAP these people are spewing. Lies, lies and more lies.

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  21. Madame Blue

    I believe that is an employer’s convenient excuse for not hiring and instead directing those supposed salary funds towards bonuses for their upper management. It’s a good ‘ol boy network, nothing more.

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