Good Jobs Go Unfilled

With about 15 million people looking for work, why are so many good jobs going unfilled?

Economists say it's due to a mismatch between available work and people qualified to do it.

So, even as the unemployment rate nears 10 percent, some employers can't find qualified people for good-paying career jobs.

Analysts say it's become especially hard to find accountants, health care workers, software sales representatives, physical therapists and electrical engineers.

An expert with Moody's Economy.com says the unemployed may need to find more than just a new company -- they may need to find a new industry. As she puts it, a 50-year-old who's been screwing bolts into car panels isn't going to be able to become a health-care administrator overnight.

Economists say the mismatch between job opening and job seeker may persist, even as the economy strengthens. Meanwhile, the numbers show an average of six people are competing for each job opening -- the highest ratio on government records dating to 2000.


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  • by Melissa Location: Greenville on Oct 6, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    Some of the unemployed do not want to work but get money from the government. There are less than desireable jobs out there that anyone can get. But they apply for jobs they know they are not qualified for because unemployment stipulates so many applications per week. Then there are some that actually try, are qualified and beyond, but employers hold out for someone who will do it for the lowest amount possible. Because someone who is desparate will take the job for minimum wage and no benefits...until something better comes along. I know some smart people who are being stupid and quit a job before they had another one lined up. Guess what...now they can't pay their bills.
  • by qualified on Oct 6, 2009 at 09:01 AM
    I am one who applied I am sure for the medical receptionist jobs etc when I was looking for employment. I have over 20 years experience in Customer Service/Administrative support. I am not over qualified and would love to have had any job at the time. The reason I was told repeatedly for not hiring was due to no experience in the medical field. doing the job would not have been an issue...if you aren't willing to take the chance on someone who is qualified but not necessarily in that particular industry then those jobs will not be filled. I have a job now because my boss took that chance. I was qualified but not in this particular industry. I've been here almost 2 years and love my job. Take the chance on someone who is qualified but just may not have that particular industry knowledge. Doesn't mean they can't learn if you give it to them.
  • by Tod Location: 7 springs on Oct 6, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    we have many newly graduated nurses come on board often they are quickly disillusioned with their chosen profession that they went to all that school for and quit when they see how nurses are treated, a couple even had nervous breakdowns and dropped out of not just nursing but reality. If your hospital that you go to for care has alot of temps or imports beware that means that management treats nurses badly and cant recruit or retain them and if they treat a valued resource like good employees badly imagine how little the hospital cares about you
  • by Tod Location: 7 springs on Oct 6, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    re: the trouble filling healthcare industry jobs. One reason is the horrible workoimng conditions. I am an RN with 15 plus years service. Mnay nurses are quitting due to unsafe high stress jobs. Even though the pay is 40,000- 70,000 plus it is hardly worth it. We often have 20 or more patients, that allows only 3 minutes time with each patient per hour but when you add in the mountains of paperwork basically no time for patient care, yet if there is a problem the hospital blames us. I can tell you that hospitals are all about making money and care nothing about patients it is really scary to be sick now. We work 13- 14 hour days sometimes 16 or more with no break or even meal break many days and despite what many think, since NC is a right to work state there are NO laws to protect workers , just check with the NC dept. of labor if you dont believe me. My ex and I are both nurses and have 3 kids but would never want them to be nurses, it sucks. You get cussed out spit on assaulted
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    I agree with the article. We had over 70 applicants for one medical secretary job at my work. A lot of the applications were people who were trying to come out of retail or fast food. They lacked the skills and knowledge needed to do the job. Some of the people were grossly over qualified (architects, CPA's, etc). They don't get interviewed b/c the way we see it, our job would just be a pit stop ("something to pay the bills") until something better in their field comes around.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Oct 6, 2009 at 12:55 AM
    Most companies will not hire over qualified people because they will know more than the people there already do. That is why so many companies go out of business..poor managers. America needs to train people and get Americans interested in learning new trades. In China and India they stress education and skills, that's why so many come here to the US to fill those jobs like doctors and research. I will admit that many American's are lazy. These other countries have less than we have but they just want it more. Time for all of us to do our best.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Oct 6, 2009 at 12:05 AM
    So many good jobs are going unfilled because the people out of work don't qualify for them.* So many out of work don't qualify because the last couple generations have opted out of a college education because they have seen so many go to a four-year-college, graduate, fail to find a job in the industry they studied for, and then struggle to make ends meet in a regular job that only requires a high school education. So they save their money and just go to work. With tuition costs on the rise, a college education is worth less and less these days. *Not to discount Anonymous' post, I don't doubt that at all. Most jobs posted online are actually temp agencies fishing anyway, and these sites need to take down job offers that are less than legitimate.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    SO NOT TRUE!!! My husband is qualified for all the jobs that he applied/sent resumes to and NEVER got a reply of any kind. Ad still stayed online! They are just collecting information. TELL THE TRUTH!
  • by nobody Location: tennessee on Oct 5, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    I am a health care worker....i failed lpn school 3 days before graduation....not because i failed the subjects but because i missed 2 days more than attendace allowed.....they wouldnt allow me to make up or anything....i wanted to go back but this left such a abd taste in my mouth this is why we cant find health care workers....i work as a med tech i have been doing the job of an LPN just for alot less for over 10 years...but they still wont grandfather me in
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