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As of May, 5.4 million people were experiencing long-term unemployment*. If you were to ask any one of them to describe the job market, they probably wouldn’t have many positive things to say.

Yet a new CareerBuilder Talent Crunch survey found that 38 percent of employers currently have open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. Why the discrepancy? Yes, jobs are available, but many of those jobs are in highly skilled fields, and there aren’t enough workers with the right credentials to fill those roles.

It’s not like job seekers aren’t trying; 77 percent of job seekers surveyed said they’d be willing to take a job in a different field than the one in which they currently work, and 64 percent knowingly apply for positions for which they don’t possess the required skills. READ MOARE.

1. Aaron’s

Industry: Furniture

Sample job titles: Customer service, manager in training

Location: Nationwide

2. Aerojet

Industry: Aerospace and engineering

Sample job titles: Senior project engineering, manager, estimating and pricing, reliability and safety engineer

Location: Sacramento; Redmond, Wash.; Huntsville, Ala.; Camden, Ark.; Washington, D.C.; Socorro, N.M.; Clearfield, Utah; Gainesville, Va.; Culpeper, Va.

3. Bloomin’ Brands (operates Outback Steakhouse, Flemings, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s and Roy’s)

Industry: Hospitality/restaurant

Sample job titles: Hourly front of the house, hourly back of the house, restaurant manager

Location: Nationwide

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