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The Society for Human Resource Management believes that government and employers play a role in providing worker training and development opportunities to maintain a skilled labor force. SHRM also is committed to helping HR professionals remove the barriers that may prevent qualified workers from being fully considered for jobs—particularly because of their long-term unemployment status.

In HR Magazine, Hank Jackson, SHRM president and CEO, urges HR professionals to "recognize the human capital potential in the ranks of the long-term unemployed."

Workforce Readiness News

Productivity Boosts Can Come from Simple Changes
Some simple tweaks at a work station for a vocational training facility in Santa Maria, Calif., streamlined a multi-step gluing process. The result: Increased productivity and  the risk of long-term health issues from carpal tunnel syndrome was averted.

Program Identifies and Trains Low-Wage Workers for Skilled Jobs
The Charlottesville (Va.) Works Initiative matches low-wage workers to jobs, provides support services and steers participants toward necessary training. It's a program the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce created in partnership with Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) to create a talent pipeline and jobs in the area.

Construction Jobs on the Rise, Despite Chronic Labor Shortage
Construction employment in January 2017 hit its highest level since the Great Recession, though the industry continues to suffer from a severe labor shortage, lack of projects and a growing skills gap. The growth of the Millennial workforce in particular has caused employers to re-examine the benefits and culture they offer.

Employers Expect Interns to Show Up with Skills
Employers are looking to hire interns ready for work on Day 1, with specific job skills already in hand, according to new data from Burning Glass Technologies, a labor market analytics firm. 

Need Employees with Up-to-Date Skills? Use Up-to-Date Training 
Getting employees to make time for learning and development (L&D) is challenging for L&D professionals, according to a new report from LinkedIn.

Apprenticeships Provide Skills Needed for Hard-to-Fill Health Jobs
Apprenticeships are typically associated with construction and manufacturing jobs, but they can also provide the skills needed for a wide range of hard-to-fill health care jobs.

Measuring ROI Leads to Better Apprenticeship Programs
Organizations that use apprenticeships to recruit and train employees in a cost-effective way are discovering an impressive return on investment (ROI), which can be even greater when detailed data is collected and used to evaluate the program.

Apprentices Value Hands-On Work-Based Learning
Selena Elekovic, a high school senior in Colorado, assembles machinery at Mikron Technology Inc., where she also sets up the machinery's alignment and timing for the Swiss manufacturer's facility in Denver.

The SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) Monthly Report

May 2017 OverviewManufacturingServices
Employment Expectations:  In May, the hiring rate will rise in both manufacturing and services compared with a year ago.
+7.5

+3.4 
Recruiting Difficulty: In April, recruiting difficulty increased in manufacturing, but decreased in services compared with a year ago.
+3.6

-5.9
New-Hire Compensation: In April, the index for new-hire compensation declined in manufacturing and rose in services compared with a year ago.
-2.2 

+7.3
SOURCE: May 2017 SHRM LINE Report

Job Market at a Glance

Unemployment Rate Job Openings

4.7%

Unemployment rate in February 2017

235,000

Jobs created in February 2017

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Research

The New Talent Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages

This report examines recruiting difficulty and skills shortages in the United States as well as recruiting and training strate​​gies organizations use to address thes​e challenges.

SHRM Research Overview: Workforce Readiness and Skills Shortages

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