Skilled labor industry struggles to fill open jobs – KOLN

by | May 18, 2022 | Jobs

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – With low unemployment rates, and even more job openings, skilled labor employers are struggling to fill jobs.Nebraska has an unemployment rate of 2%, with more than 55,000 available jobs. Skilled labor industries are being hit the hardest, including construction, transportation, and manufacturing.The director of training for the Lincoln Electrical JATC, Roy Lamb, said he’s been struggling to hire apprentices for the last two years.“It’s a tough market right now especially with low unemployment in Nebraska,” Lamb said. “We’re all kind of after the same piece of the puzzle.”Lamb said he has around 20 apprenticeship openings and is actively recruiting people with or without experience.Nebraska Department of Labor data shows roughly 75% of employers in construction and manufacturing can’t find enough workers.Lamb said it comes down to finding people who are willing to put in the work.”We’re gonna teach individuals to be an electrician, we’re gonna give them that training,” Lamb said. “The things we don’t have or that every employer is looking for are those soft skills. Can that individual show up to work on time, do they show interest in wanting to learn?”According to data from the Dep …

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