Democrats and Republicans and JOBS.

Whether Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, jobs has remained a key issue for many voters over the past two elections. With an Illinois unemployment rate hovering above 9% throughout much of that time, it is perhaps unusual to hear that employers have been in need of more workers.

According to a June analysis by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3.8 million job openings by the end of that month.

Experts and politicians alike believe one of the key reasons so many are still out of work is because many companies are unable to find workers with the necessary skills needed to fill in-demand positions. In response, both federal and local governments have called for initiatives to specifically focus on training or re-training job seekers with the skills most sought by employers.

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