Skip to content

Why local businesses can’t fill high-paying job openings, and how it impacts the community

From the Centre Daily Times /

Centre County is experiencing a skilled labor deficit, and that deficit is affecting local business, wages, building schedules and more.

“What I’ve seen, in my time here, there has never been a more significant shortage of skilled workforce, skilled technicians,” said Todd Taylor, vice president of postsecondary education at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.

And it’s a national problem.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 6.6 million job openings at the end of March. The Associated General Contractors of America reports that 70 percent of the nation’s construction companies are struggling to fill open positions with qualified employees.


PA Workforce Development Association