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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.

Ohio Jobless Rate Falls in November

Dec 22, 2017
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Ohio’s official unemployment rate took a sharp downturn last month, although a separate survey of employers showed fewer people in the workforce.

 

First, the good news: the state’s official jobless rate fell from 5.1 percent in October to 4.8 percent last month.

That came as the number of people officially classified as unemployed, that is out of work and actively looking for work, fell by about 17,000.