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Manpower Measures the "Talent Shortage"

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All this week, we're examining the so-called "skills gap" - the apparent mismatch between employers with jobs to fill, and the pool of unemployed or underemployed workers that exists in southeastern Wisconsin - and around the country.It's an issue that's been on the radar of the Milwaukee-based staffing company, Manpower, Incorporated, for a long time. And for the past seven years, the international company has sought to quantify the situation - locally and globally. Manpower conducts an annual Talent Shortage Survey that collects and analyzes the data about jobs going unfilled. The survey starts out by asking employers a very simple question: "Are you struggling to fill mission-critical positions in your organization?" In 2012, nearly half of the respondents - 49 percent, to be exact - said yes, they were.

Melanie Holmes is a Vice President at Manpower Group and involved in the Talent Shortage Survey. She tells Lake Effect's Mitch Teich that within the 49-percent number, there are several job categories in which employers are experiencing the greatest number of challenges.

Manpower Measures the "Talent Shortage"
Melanie Holmes and Mitch Teich continue the conversation about Manpower's Talent Shortage Survey.

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