Recent employment advertisements show a growth of nearly 2,000 job ads since last year.
More than 13,700 local job openings were posted in one month, according to a December snapshot of Toledo area online job postings.
"The number is a little surprising as high as it is with as many people out of work as there are," said Mike Veh, workforce development coordinator at The Source.
Employers say they are looking for highly-skilled workers. The top ads were for truck drivers, which is also one of the top training programs at The Source.
"The challenge in truck driving is you have to be willing to go over the road at least for the first year," Veh said. "You're going to be away from home a lot. A lot of folks could do the job and are interested…but they don't want to be away from their families that much."
Commercial drivers' licenses were the second most in-demand certification after registered nurses.
Leading employers are Blanchard Valley Health System and HRC Manorcare. Promedica took the top spot, with 508 jobs posted. Veh said healthcare jobs are in demand, but hard to fill.
"Mainly because it's time-consuming and difficult to get the skills necessary for those jobs," he explained.
The Source helps job-seekers with resume tips and interviewing skills.
"We've seen a lot more jobs coming through the door," Veh said. "I think it's a sign of things improving and they're going to get better as the year goes on."
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