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Job Seekers, It’s Not You. There Are Too Few Jobs To Go Around In Every Sector
Posted By Carole Fleck On July 11, 2012 @ 4:00 pm In Work Matters | Comments Disabled
Job seekers don’t lack the skills to get hired, contrary to some experts’ claims. Instead, today’s stubbornly high unemployment (8.2 percent) is due to a lack of demand for workers in all sectors, according to an analysis of government labor data by the Economic Policy Institute.
That means for more than two of three jobless workers, there are no jobs.
The hiring situation may be ugly but it’s improved since it bottomed out in 2009 at 6.7 jobs per every one person looking for work. Still, the odds of finding work are daunting. Perhaps no one knows that better than the 2 million older jobless workers, half of whom have been unemployed for a year on average.
Unemployed workers of all ages far outnumber job openings in every sector. Construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and professional and business services were among the weakest industries for those seeking employment.
In a separate report, economists say better times are ahead. Some indications that the second half of 2012 may be stronger than the first half:
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