Texas is experiencing job growth, but employers are worried about a lack of skilled workers to fill open positions, according to Breitbart.
The Texas economy is picking up pace, according to data published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Job growth in April grew at a 5.7 percent annualized rate – significantly higher than the rate of 2.7 percent in the first quarter. Energy, professional and business services as well as construction are the industries leading with new jobs.
The unemployment rate also fell to 5.2 percent in April, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. This is the lowest the state's unemployment rate has been since September 2008.
However, there is a downside to the rise in open positions, and that is the inability to fill them with qualified workers, Breitbart reported. To combat this issue, JPMorgan Chase and the Greater Houston Partnership created UpSkill Houston, a program dedicated to training workers.
Chief Executive Officer of GHP Eduardo Aguirre stated UpSkill Houston is critical to the area's economy. Without it, workers will lack the skills necessary to enter the workforce.
Businesses with open positions should work with manufacturing recruiters to find the most qualified and skills candidates for their jobs.