Lynn Tipton, front, president of a local union and a worker at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, addresses a crowd during an event held to protest layoffs at the department, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Cranston, R.I. Tipton, who was not laid off, holds department employment documents. The Department of Labor and Training is laying off 67 workers, most of whom worked at the agency's unemployment benefits division.National Journal

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America's small businesses claim they can't find employees, a Gallup Economy poll says, but amid the 65 percent of prospective employers who claim to encounter workforce shortages are three disturbing factors:

40% seek temporary or contract workers

36% seek part-time workers

53% say they are unable to find qualified employees

According to these numbers, three-quarters of available jobs are not full-time, and more than half of the companies seeking workers can't find candidates with sufficient skills. It's a chronic problem facing the American workforce during this period of recovery, especially among large populations of disengaged people, many of whom are minorities.

At year's end, 1.1 million people apparently had simply stopped looking for work.

Amid an improving economy, monthly jobless reports typically provide a number that shows fewer people filing for unemployment benefits. But a Reuters report published by the New York Times acknowledges that it's not known how many in the 130,000 fewer people receiving benefits in January are no longer counted, because they may have exhausted their eligibility.

The unemployment figures, by race, for January:

  • 13.8 percent among African-Americans
  • 9.7 percent among Hispanics
  • 7 percent among whites
  • 6.5 percent among Asian-Americans

Read more about the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. 

53% say they are unable to find qualified employees

According to these numbers, three-quarters of available jobs are not full-time, and more than half of the companies seeking workers can't find candidates with sufficient skills. It's a chronic problem facing the American workforce during this period of recovery, especially among large populations of disengaged people, many of whom are minorities.

At year's end, 1.1 million people apparently had simply stopped looking for work.

Amid an improving economy, monthly jobless reports typically provide a number that shows fewer people filing for unemployment benefits. But a Reuters report published by the New York Times acknowledges that it's not known how many in the 130,000 fewer people receiving benefits in January are no longer counted, because they may have exhausted their eligibility.

The unemployment figures, by race, for January:

  • 13.8 percent among African-Americans
  • 9.7 percent among Hispanics
  • 7 percent among whites
  • 6.5 percent among Asian-Americans

Read more about the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey. 

This article is from the archive of our partner National Journal.

This story is part of our Next America: Workforce project, which is supported by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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