Help Wanted

 
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  Certifiably employable

Rick Karr recently visited Seattle to look at a program designed to give the unemployed the skills they need to find jobs in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries.

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  Interview: Peter Cappelli on the secret of employment

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources and author of Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It.

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  Manufacturing jobs in Alabama

The State of Alabama has a possible solution. It’s a program called Alabama Industrial Development and Training. Local shipyard owners say they can’t find enough skilled workers around here who know how to do the things they need, to weld properly, to fit pipes.

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  American Voices: George Wentworth

We need to, I think, invest more in quality reemployment services for unemployed workers, particularly long-term unemployed workers. ‘Cause it will really be a tragedy to lose their workers– and see them leave the labor market altogether. Everyone loses in that scenario.

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Tales from the “new normal”

“In my area a company will not hire you if you’ve been unemployed for too long.” –Need to Know viewer Although the unemployment rate hovers near a five-year low, it is still at a painful level. Critics say that the official numbers masks the true problem by not counting those who have just plain given up [...]

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  The view from Main Street

John Larson reports from Sumner, Wash., on how people in one small town are getting by despite frustration over the economy and the war in Afghanistan.

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  The state of Ohio: Are recent economic gains helping struggling Americans?

In an updated Help Wanted edition of Need to Know, correspondent John Larson reports from Ohio about whether recent economic gains have changed the fortunes of people who suffered during the recession.

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  Need to Know, March 2, 2012: ‘Help Wanted’ in Ohio

Need to Know profiles four struggling Ohioans and asks how recent improvements in the economy might affect their votes this year.

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  Help Wanted: Amid Nevada’s jobs crisis, trying to teach workers new skills

Nevada is in the midst of a jobs crisis. In addition to too many people searching for too few jobs, there’s another problem: young people don’t have the right skills.

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