Addressing frustrations of Pittsburgh- area manufacturers, three organizations are teaming up for a program aimed at training people interested in manufacturing jobs with basic skills needed to enter that labor market. ...... Despite high unemployment due to the recession area manufacturers are having difficulty finding employees that have the technical training but also the work ethic.“Employers want someone who can show up on time and be drug free,” said David Rea, organizational development consultant at Catalyst Connection. This program was created to try to address that difficulty.
Beggars can't be choosers, so the talent shortage isn't that acute. Companies are willing to prolong the search in a quest for the best available workers. In terms of overall unemployment, the news is more bad than good.