The Amount Of Open Jobs In America Is Approaching Record Highs

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February 10, 2016

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. On Halloween, a child gets a sack of candy and is in heaven, that is, until the stomachache comes. But what about available jobs, how could that become too much of a good thing?

Here’s the good news.In December of 2015, the U.S. had 5.6 million job openings, nearly a record amount, according to CNN Money. However, this good news might be covering up a bit of bad news; perhaps there are so many job openings because companies are not finding qualified candidates to fill the positions.

The problem is, many of these jobs are asking for candidates with skills that many Americans simply do not possess. This is referred to as the job skills gap, and it may be a bigger problem in the U.S. than it might first appear.

A large reason for this skills gap is due to unskilled labor that is not provided with appropriate training programs to gain the necessary skills. The number of apprenticeship programs in the U.S. has dwindled from over 32,000 in 2003 to 21,000 in 2015.

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