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Filling Up Fast: U.S. Employers Report Easier Time Hiring for Open Positions

While the applicant pool may have expanded for many businesses this year, there remains a consistent shortage of employees with trade and mechanical skills.

May 29, 2013
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It appears as though U.S. employers are finding it easier to fill positions, with fewer employers reporting having difficulty filling open positions, according to the annual Talent Shortage Survey released by ManpowerGroup, a Milwaukee-based consulting firm.

The survey found that 39 percent of the nation's employers reported having trouble finding staff with the right skills—down from 49 percent in 2012. Globally, however, 35 percent of employers reported problems finding people with the right skills—the highest percentage since the recession started.

Jobs requiring a skilled trade, such as a carpenter or chef, remained the hardest to fill in the country for the fourth consecutive year, and sales representatives, drivers and information technology staff ranked among the top 10 hardest jobs to fill in the U.S., according to the survey.

The findings reflected a survey of about 40,000 employers in 42 countries, including more than 1,000 U.S. employers.

Jessica DuBois-Maahs is Workforce's editorial intern. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow DuBois-Maahs on Twitter at @JessDuBoisMaahs.

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