As our economy recovers from the recession, the employment outlook is shifting. New fields, like technology, are seeing rapid growth, while struggling old guards, such as manufacturing, are experiencing unexpected revivals. This changing economic landscape is catching many people off-guard, as they’re finding they aren’t prepared for in-demand careers. The result is that our economy is suffering from a skills gap, and small businesses are struggling to find employees whose skills match their needs.
Employment numbers reflect the urgency of this gap. In August, Department of Labor data showed about 9.6 million people were out of work, while about 4.8 millions jobs went unfilled. This issue impacts both workers, who remain unemployed, and businesses, which are unable to find the type of workers they need to grow. Continue reading