Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 3.8 percent in April.
Even before the low unemployment rate, employers have been complaining of vacancies that go unfilled because of the lack of available skilled workers.
The issue of a skills gap reached the concern of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which, last month, held a public meeting on the issue of the current state of the U.S. workforce, and what jobs may be in future demand. While not directly in the purview of the EEOC’s mission to eradicate employment discrimination, the EEOC said it was holding the meeting because “discrimination must be remedied with employment opportunity.”
The American Enterprise Institute stated in the meeting that employers are creating skill-intensive jobs but these cannot be filled unless the existing workforce upgrades their skills so they can more easily match positions available.