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David Smith Says Prolonged Unemployed Going Back to Work and Job Openings are Soaring in HR Dive

June 7, 2021  | 1 min read

The U.S. recorded 8.1 million job openings in March, the highest such mark since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began its series tracking the statistics in 2000, the agency announced May 11 according to a recent HR Dive article. In that article, Dr. David M. Smith notes many of those who suffered prolonged unemployment or underemployment "are going back to work." Much of the job growth is in low-wage areas. Some employers may be looking for workers with specific skills but are unable to find them," Smith said, pointing to the example of the construction industry, where employers are facing shortages of framers, plumbers and electricians. "Corporations are going to have to invest more in reskilling the workforce to take advantage of opportunities offered from automation."

The full article is available on HR Dive.