There is no shortage of jobs in Missouri. There is a shortage of workers in the state.
The unemployment rate in November was a record low at 3 percent.
Anybody who wants to work can find a job. Problem is most of the job openings require skills that many who aren’t working do not have. Companies are willing to train workers — in fact, they find it to be a necessity.
Our educational systems are responding to the training needs, but it’s not enough unfortunately, and programs are falling short of what is needed.
More students are needed in what vocational programs we have. Too many parents have a mindset that their offsprings must have a four-year college degree. There’s nothing wrong with that except that we have an excess of college degree graduates in many fields and not enough jobs for them. They end up in jobs that don’t require a college degree.
The shortage of workers has led to an increase in automation and robots.
The national unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November.
On the 2019 scene is a slight rise in the jobless rate due to some plant closings already announced. But the demand for skilled workers will continue.