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Experts Available to Discuss: Why does Fresno have thousands of job openings - and high unemployment?

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Experts Available to Discuss: Why does Fresno have thousands of job openings - and high unemployment?

Experts Available to Discuss: Why does Fresno have thousands of job openings - and high unemployment?

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“In the coming years, the nation's workforce is going to need many more workers with college degrees and industry certifications.”

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A recent Washington Post article uses Fresno as an example of a phenomenon that economists are seeing these days in which job openings don't match the skills of many of the unemployed. Notes the article:

"This city [Fresno] is grappling with one of the most troubling contradictions of the new economy: Even as it has one of the nation's highest unemployment rates, it has thousands of job openings.

"The dilemma is becoming more common across the country as employers report increasing numbers of job openings. But many of those jobs are not a good fit for those who are out of work. "

Although this situation might seem ironic, it shouldn't be that surprising, according to economists. The recession has accelerated the decline of such industries as residential construction while jobs that require quite different skills, such as some of the health care positions still unfilled in Fresno, are on the rise. Also, the housing bubble created an artificially high number of construction and other housing-related jobs that drew in people who are now unemployed.

Even though some of the job openings in Fresno are in manufacturing, they require specialized training. One local filter manufacturer laments the lack of "well-qualified, smart people who want to work in an industrial environment."

While it's clear that training is needed to place these workers and fill those unfilled jobs, it's not simply a matter of providing a few classes. According to a report last year by Georgetown's workforce center, "In the coming years, the nation's workforce is going to need many more workers with college degrees and industry certifications."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/01/AR2011020106092.html

EXPERTS: ExpertSource can offer several highly qualified experts to comment on this story:

Mark Tomlinson , Society of Manufacturing Engineers

With more than 30 years in manufacturing, Mark Tomlinson is very knowledgeable about the technical aspects of it, the latest trends and developments; and especially the state of its current and future workforce.

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Ms. Catherine Palmiere , Adam Personnel, Inc.

Catherine Palmiere has spent years coaching on both sides of the hiring equation. She has worked with thousands of applicants and corporations in and around New York. She is a sought after speaker on hiring and professional development all over New York. Ms. Palmiere has the rare gift of helping individuals everywhere discover their authenticity when it comes to the work they and do and then Find The Right Job. She is President of Adam Personnel, Inc. In addition she is on the adjunct teaching staff of a business training school where she teaches Career Development. She is a Certified Personnel Consultant, Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist, Certified Employment Interview Consultant, Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, Certified Professional Career Coach, Certified Search Specialist, and a Certified Professional-Online Job Search & Reputation Management expert.

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