Commissioner’s Update – Sept. 15, 2011

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Maine employers from all sectors of the economy came to the Blaine House in Augusta last week with a clear message, though not the one most might have expected.

The economy is slow, but we have job openings, the employers told Gov. Paul LePage. More than 20,000 Maine people are receiving unemployment benefits, but we can’t find the workers we need, they said.

In other words, what we have in Maine isn’t only a jobs deficit. It’s a skills deficit, too. We have more available jobs in some sectors than we do workers with the skills needed to do them.

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— Stephen Bowen



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