Job market bursting with openings but thirsty for workers

06/17/2022 Education/Training

Charleston City Paper

June 15, 2022

Many of the 7,000 local high school graduates this spring will enter a robust tri-county job market with low unemployment and busy companies begging to hire them.

Hotels, restaurants, retail shops and grocery stores are plastered with “help wanted” signs mostly for minimum-wage jobs paying around $7.25 an hour.

Those positions might not be appealing for some young job seekers, not yet ready for the skilled, better-paying positions popping up in the area’s burgeoning manufacturing sector with plane and car makers leading smaller firms that supply them with parts.

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