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A few years ago, Derek Hobbs could not find a job.Hobbs is just one example of a growing problem in the U.S. economy: companies unable to find workers with the right skills to fill open positions, and workers who can't find a job because they have the wrong skills.It has a hyper-local focus, with workers coming only from the area known as University City, and it trains workers for jobs that already exist in the area.With the U.S. economy creating new jobs at a solid pace of close to 175,000 a month, and with unemployment at 4.1 percent, lower than it has been in 17 years, companies nationwide complain they cannot fill openings, even for jobs that do not require advanced skills.The country has over 6 million unfilled jobs, the most since the government first began collecting data in December 2000, and yet many workers have given up looking and left the workforce, or are working part-time because they cannot find a full-time position.
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