June 6, 2014
According to the department of labor's latest job's report, the 8.7 million jobs that were lost back during the recession in 2008 have been recovered.
For the month of May the US economy added 217,000 jobs to the workforce.
However, according to the report many of the jobs that were lost and have now been recovered are not in the same field.
Manufacturing and blue collar jobs are still low, but nationwide industries like health care and professional services have grown. There are also more middle wage jobs appearing.
“The one issue that really is still important to understand is that even though we've added the jobs back, a lot of the people who lost jobs who have regained a job haven't necessarily gained a job at the same level they had prior to the recession,” says Sean McCusty, marketing manager for the Piedmont Workforce Network.
McCusty network says that while many people who may have lost work during the recession are now finding jobs, those are in a different field.
“So people are finding themselves needing to be retrained and re-access their job skills look at what resources are available to them to maybe move into another field of work,” says McCusty.
He says that more technical and computer skills are needed in today's job market.
“A lot of the employers in addition to the technical skills are looking for people who have developed interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, time management skills, ability to work within a team.”
Most of the jobs available now in the Charlottesville area require at least a high school education.
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