Answering a call to find more qualified people to fill open manufacturing jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor will provide $6 million to train workers in Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania.
The money will be used to fund work training programs in the Mahoning Valley and Lawrence and Mercer counties, the Vindicator reports.Manufacturing is part of what has made Ohio great. We know how to make things in our state, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio noted. “Across Ohio, I’ve heard from business leaders in many sectors – including manufacturing – who say that they have positions to fill but can’t find workers with the right qualifications. These funds will help ensure that more Ohioans have the right skills to fulfill jobs in the manufacturing industry.” Employment officials said that despite the state’s 7.5 percent unemployment rate, there are nearly 10,000 unfilled jobs in Ohio, especially for positions in the emerging oil and shale-gas industry.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for oil and gas workers are expected to increase by 8% through the end of the decade.