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Ardmore Chamber explores training options for job-seekers

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New retail businesses in Ardmore. (KTEN) New retail businesses in Ardmore. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Although the unemployment rate around southern Oklahoma is about 3.5 percent, some businesses say they're having trouble finding people to fill positions.

Analysts say one reason for the shortage is a lack of training.

"The workers and workforce available doesn't always possess the necessary skills for the jobs that exist today," explained Ardmore Chamber of Commerce CEO Mita Bates. "It's actually a national issue."

She said the chamber is working to start a program that would give people the skills needed to excel in today's workforce.

But a "skills gap" is just one issue facing potential workers; another is a requirement for longer shifts at some businesses. Working 10-hour days is simply too much time to be away from family members.

"You've got to put in the time if you want to go to the next level in a job," said branch manager Candie West.

That makes expansion in towns like Ardmore both a blessing and a curse. The new businesses create more jobs, but some of those jobs may go unfilled.

"It's really harder to find," West said. "It makes the job search a little harder."

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