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Running The Numbers: 39%

June 04, 2013

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Even with unemployment high, plenty of U.S. employers are having trouble filling jobs. The (relatively) good news is that the number of companies unable to find the right employees is down to 39 percent from last year's 49 percent, according to ManpowerGroup.

Nearly half of all employers, unable to attract the right talent, are resorting to other methods to meet their needs -- providing additional training to existing staff, trying to recruit people without formal qualifications and even increasing starting salaries, the company says.

In another jobs market report just out, this one from Simply Hired, openings were up 3.2 percent month-over-month in the U.S., and 38.4 percent year-over-year. Healthcare was the top hiring industry in May, and the automotive and agriculture industries showed the greatest gains in job openings, at 19.3 percent and 13.9 percent.

Among the 50 metro areas, California's Sacramento, North Carolina's Greensboro, Utah's Salt Lake City and Alabama's Birmingham showed the largest month-over-month increases in job openings, ranging from Sacramento's 6.6 percent to Birmingham's 5.8 percent gain.

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