Chicago area lacks qualified candidates to fill open jobs, report says

A new report published by the Brookings Institution looked at the open positions in the U.S., the skills they required and how long the positions took to fill. The researchers discovered science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs took longer to find a worker and the skills needed for common STEM positions are scarce.

STEM jobs often demand more valuable skills and higher levels of education, according to the report. These positions took longer to fill in 82 percent of the metropolitan areas in the U.S. In 82 of 100 metropolitan areas, STEM jobs are advertised for at least 30 days.

In the Chicagoland area, it took an average of 44 days to fill a STEM position that required at least a bachelor's degree. Nonstem positions with the same educational requirements took an average 43 days. This is a statistically insignificant difference, according to the Chicago Tribune.

However, the differences increased when studying STEM positions that require less education. STEM positions that needed some college or a two-year degree were advertised six days longer than nonSTEM jobs.

These lengthy job postings demonstrate a general lack of college educated job candidates in the Chicago area, according to the report.

Businesses with open STEM positions should work with a Chicago recruiter to find job seekers with the required education and level of skills needed.