Mahoning Valley

A Lack of Skilled Workers Creates Challenges in the Mahoning Valley

Oct 8, 2018
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JORDYN GRZELEWSKI / YOUNGSTOWN VINDICATOR

Mahoning Valley manufacturers say a lack of workers interested and trained in skilled trades is causing workforce challenges.

Although recently exacerbated by a historically low national unemployment rate and growth in the manufacturing sector, Valley manufacturers first took note of the issue about a decade ago. Since then, a number of initiatives have been put in place to address the shortage of skilled workers.

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UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, April 20:

M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Donald Trump’s campaign had targeted northeast Ohio in trying to build a win in this key swing state. Though Hillary Clinton won about 15,000 more votes, Trump won 17 of the 20 counties in the region. And he won big in an area Democrats usually dominate – the Mahoning Valley. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler went there to discover some reasons why.

Youngstown, Ohio, is considered a Democratic stronghold, but there is strong support for Donald Trump in the Mahoning Valley area this presidential year, which echoes memories of another outspoken, over-the-top political outsider — the late Congressman James Traficant.

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