Manufacturing Jobs Go Wanting as Unemployment Perseveres

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In a three-year period that witnessed thousands of area residents suffering through unemployment, barely a week passed that J&S Tool didn’t advertise its intent to hire a qualified, full-time employee.

“If I didn’t read the papers, I wouldn’t know there was a recession,” said Shane Hammond, the president of the family-owned St. Peters manufacturer of grinding tools. “I’d laugh in your face if you told me millions of people are unemployed. I could call eight of our customers and they’d tell you the same thing.”

As the 7.8 percent national unemployment rate demonstrates, cautious hiring managers in most economic sectors continue to restrain the efforts of 12.1 million Americans to get back to work. Read more on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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