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July 7th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

Why good jobs are going unfilled

David Frum
CNN Contributor
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We're getting to the point where even good news comes wrapped in bad news.

Good news: Despite the terrible June job numbers (125,000 jobs lost as the Census finished its work), one sector continues to gain - manufacturing.

Factories added 9,000 workers in June, for a total of 136,000 hires since December 2009.

So that's something, yes?

Maybe not. Despite millions of unemployed, despite 2 million job losses in manufacturing between the end of 2007 and the end of 2009, factory employers apparently cannot find the workers they need. Here's what the New York Times reported Friday:

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