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Fed money coming to area to help with manufacturing-job training

Published: Thu, June 14, 2012 @ 4:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON — There will be $6 million in funding coming to the area to train workers from the Mahoning Valley and Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania for manufacturing jobs.

The West Central Job Partnership, based in New Castle, Pa., will receive the money from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Despite Ohio’s unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, nearly 100,000 Ohio jobs remain unfilled, according to the state’s job-search website. The Labor Department notes that the Youngstown, Warren, Sharon, Pa., areas are poised for a manufacturing renaissance thanks to oil and shale gas development, but suffer from an “acute and critical” manufacturing-skills shortage.

“Manufacturing is part of what has made Ohio great. We know how to make things in our state,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. “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.”


1georgejeanie(1493 comments)posted 4 years ago

People whp want to work, are already working. These bums on the dole have no intention of giving a days work for a days pay. cut them off from the welfare state and they might get a job, but I rather think they woyld just do somewthing illegal.

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2impdude(19 comments)posted 4 years ago

Maybe all who want to work,can pass a background check and have a driver's license can move on with there life.Tecnical education can help get your headed in the right direction.This being a labor oriented area the school officials should have recognized the need to fill these positions decades ago..College save for a few disciplines ia a money pit.In Europe if you aren't college bound in early teen years you get training in technical areas.German maufacturing workers are the highest paid.. Hope they spend money on training not just salaries of retired principals.

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