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August job openings off, still high

Demand for workers strong in health care, construction

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This article was published October 12, 2017 at 2:02 a.m.

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Job seekers gather at a job fair booth on Oct. 3 in the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Fla. August job openings fell slightly to just under 6.1 million, the Labor Department said Wednesday, from 6.14 million in the previous month.

U.S. employers are advertising near-record levels of job openings, though the total slipped in August from July.

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RBear says... October 12, 2017 at 6:41 a.m.

The economy is at or near full employment and it will be hard for Trump to fulfill his boasts of creating jobs if there are no workers to fill them. The challenge now is one of geographics and skills. Jobs and potential employees are not matched, which means employers will have a hard time finding workers to fill the jobs. Without adequate pay incentives, workers will not want to move for a job. Skills are something regions will need to step up training plans for.
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The problem we really have is that most workers who are unemployed now are trying to remain where they are and find a job in the job class they were last employed in. There are also workers who just don't have the skills for the new type of work and are not willing to take the time or don't have the means to reskill.

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