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Some local jobs are hard to fill

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The local heavy equipment manufacturer JCB has a lot of jobs to fill. Surprisingly, they can't fill them.

CEO John Patterson said "We've had some successes, but on the whole it's been quite disappointing. Disappointing from the standpoint of available skills, basic education, and people's ability to pass a drug test."

With unemployment in Chatham County barely under 10 percent, some people who are unemployed don't understand how this can be a problem.

"Unemployment is pretty high so there shouldn't be a shortage of applicants," said James Kaigler, a systems engineer looking for work.

Patterson says he wants to help fix that problem.

"We need to hire another 100 people in the next three months."

The manager of the Savannah Area Career Center sees more than double that amount of people every day.

"We see 200 to 250 people a day," said Brian Davis.

Some of those people remain optimistic and think the best is yet to come.

Bernice Suggs, a single mother, said she stays positive and staying positive will get her going.

Davis agrees and said he has seen more jobs listed recently.

For all of those still seeking work, Patterson said he is still hiring.

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