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Workers' 'Skills Gap' May Be Hurting Dutchess County Economy

A lack of skilled workers may be hurting Dutchess County's economy.
A lack of skilled workers may be hurting Dutchess County's economy. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Local companies are having a tough time finding experienced, skilled workers and it could be hurting the Lower Hudson Valley’s economic growth, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Unemployment in Dutchess County is the lowest it’s been since the first year of the Great Recession, but a “skills gap” has emerged that has left many people unqualified for the specialized and middle skill-level jobs still available in the area, according to the Journal.

Though the recession has officially been over since 2009, those employees with mid-level experience (10-15 years on the job) in their trades were among those most affected by the vast numbers of layoffs that occurred, according to the Journal, which reported that many either found new professions or left the region for greener pastures.

County officials say the lingering effect is a “major problem” for some local businesses that cannot find the experienced workers necessary for expansion, according to the Journal.

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