As many people celebrate Labor Day, today’s workforce is facing a blue collar crisis.

A shortage of skilled trade workers looms. Some area residents who recently started working in skilled trade jobs said the salaries and benefits are better than many other jobs. Yet, a number of these high-paying trade jobs sit empty.

Electricians are among the skilled trade jobs with a rising need.

The demand for electricians is projected to grow 9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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