No matter all the folks out there needing work; employers are claiming they can't find the hired hands they need, reports Gallup
in a new poll.
53% of small business owners surveyed reported finding it difficult - "somewhat" or "very" much so - to find qualified employees. It's a fact that can be considered somewhat paradoxical, seeing as how unemployment continues to hover around 8%
. But it's a problem that may stem from the unusually long-standing periods of unemployment currently seen among workers, worse than in previous economic downturns.
"The length of the current jobs recession has left many workers unemployed for long periods of time," Gallup writes. "This may mean that many workers no longer have the skills today's businesses need."
Another reason could be the fact that small businesses, according to the report, are more likely than larger firms to be looking for part-time, temporary and contract help, something the long-term unemployed, many of whom once held full-time, professional positions, don't want