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Labour shortage becoming ‘desperate’

posted Feb 15, 2012, 9:18 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 15, 2012, 9:50 PM ]
barrie mckenna
OTTAWA— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2012 10:00PM EST
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2012 8:53AM EST

An increasingly “desperate” labour shortage is the main obstacle keeping companies from becoming more competitive.

An aging work force and growing demand for specialized skills means that hundreds of thousands of jobs are going begging despite stubbornly high unemployment, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce concludes in a report being released Wednesday.

The expected shortfall over the next decade or so includes 163,000 construction jobs, 130,000 oil workers, 60,000 nurses, 37,000 truckers, 22,000 hotel workers and 10,000 skilled steel tradespeople.

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