Job Opportunities Continue to Grow as Qualified Applicants Are in Short Supply

By: Kristin Burke
By: Kristin Burke

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Many of the jobs openings in our area today are in manufacturing health-care and technology. But 23 News job expert LoRayne Logan says she cannot find enough qualified applicants with the reading and math skills required for the spots.

Logan adds the talent shortage problem is so severe, many companies worry if they are going to be able to meet their growth and sales goals.

"It's creating a lot of stress for people. It's creating stress for the workforce because they are having to work so many hours and it's creating stress for management because they can't hit their sales goals."


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  • by Kami Location: Loves Park on Sep 28, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    If there are so many unfilled jobs, then why is it that I have been looking for work for 11 months and have only had 3 job interviews? I have a bachelor's degree, and have advanced math and reading skills, but no-one calls me. I don't understand.
  • by scott Location: rockford on Sep 27, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    I saw an add the other day for a welder. You must have ten yaers mig/knowledge of tig/blueprint reading a plus. No beni's 8.50/hr ? for 8.50/hr weld it yourself.
  • by Girl Location: Rockford on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    I know many qualified people. I don't feel sorry for these "companies". Hire the people that need jobs and then train them. How else do you think they are going to get the experience?! DUH!
  • by Ifinallygotajob Location: rockford on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:28 PM
    I agree. They don't want to pay for benefits but would rather pay a temp agency 18.00 an hour per employee. I don't see the logic in that at all. You get what you pay for and companies need to realize temp agencies shouldn't be used for long term hiring. People want to work and want something to work towards not work for 89 days and then to be let go or to be told we can't hire you permanently. Wake up people.
  • by Jim Location: Loves Park on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:21 PM
    It's true. I can't find qualified help either. The people who have skills, have work. I can find many people who want a paycheck, but few that want to earn it.
  • by Bill Location: Rockford on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:11 PM
    Amen to that! They also don't want to hire overqualified employees due to the fact they feel they will leave when a more desireable position opens up.
  • by just another guy Location: LR on Sep 27, 2010 at 03:50 PM
    AMEN Brother !
  • by just sum guy Location: rockford il on Sep 27, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    I know a lot of over-qualified people that are out of work. Seems companies don't want the qualified because the qualified need pay and benfits worthy of their skills. Companies need to realize they get what they pay for.
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