Summer Jobs Filled by Surprising Applicants (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Every year around this time students head back to class for the fall semester, but what happens to all the summer jobs that just became vacated?

Recent trends show those part-time summer jobs are being filled by an older crowd of sorts who can't find permanent work. A big reason appears to be related to the disconnect between the high number of available specialty jobs – such as CDL drivers or certified welders - and the lack of qualified candidates. And as the CEO and President of Northeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board Kathleen Randolph says, this trend will continue until job seekers receive the certification or specialized training they need.

"I think it's a long, long term problem. But it's become more acute as a result of the recession because what has happened is, many people lost their jobs through no fault of their own, then jobs that are becoming available and open now require a skill set that many of our unemployed individuals simply don't have."

Institutions such as Ivy Tech and IPFW offer a number of courses that provide opportunities for job seekers to become qualified in those specific areas.

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