July 12, 2017

Editorial: More training programs needed to meet demand for skilled workers

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Unemployment is low -- but so is the number of qualified applicants for hundreds of thousands of available new-economy jobs throughout New England.

More than 3.5 million Massachusetts residents are employed.

That’s a problem.

It’s not a problem that it’s the highest number ever for the state. Nor is it a problem because the unemployment rate of 4.2 percent outpaces the national average of 4.4 percent.

It’s a problem because that number could be and should be higher, much higher. And not addressing the root cause of that problem has wide-ranging effects on both the population and the economy.

Businesses are increasingly finding it hard to find employees. This inability can mean businesses hiring to grow, or simply to keep up with current demand, cannot do so.

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