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Lack of skilled workers for tech jobs affects local companies

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Finding skilled technology workers across the country is becoming more and more difficult. Even here in our area finding enough applicants with experience is a challenge.

Robert McAden scrolls through the 22 jobs open at Rackspace. He's the business operation manager for the technology company in Blacksburg.

Some of the higher-level positions have gone unfilled for more than a year.

"It is a very limited talent pool," Rackspace Business Operation Manager, Robert McAden says. "I think one of the things we need to in this region is really promote we do have a high tech jobs here."

They jobs are available across our region. The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council has had 341 unique jobs posted by 63 companies in the last year and more than 1,500 people posting their resumes.

Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam understands the challenge in finding skilled workers. He hopes it doesn't lead to the tech companies leaving the area.

"I think when people want to be apart of the exciting business, when they look at Blacksburg and opportunities we offer, they will figure out why very quickly," Blacksburg mayor Ron Rordam says.

By encouraging more people to choose a career in technology, we have end up having more people employed.


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