Even with the unemployment rate at 7.5% in Michigan, employers say they still can’t find the skilled workers they need to fill available jobs.
But other voices question the skills gap, calling it "overblown", even a "myth" and suggesting that it’s really more the fault of the companies.
Lou Glazer is president and co-founder of Michigan Future. He says companies should take the responsibility making jobs more attractive.
“When you look at the package employers have put together to attract people to the industry, it ain’t so great,” says Glazer.
For cyclical industries like manufacturing and construction, when the employment package is not great, the employers likely get a small pool of entrants.