"We hire temporary people too, with the idea that they could move into full-time employment. Our turnover rate has been extremely high with that group of people."
Amy Hartman, human resources manager at Diamond, said hiring temporary workers has saved the company money.
"In 60 days, they'll get an increase and some benefits, and 90 days later is when they can become a regular full-time employee," she said.
Her company, like others, has had problems finding people who will come to work every day, Hartman said.
"Many potential employees will come to work a couple weeks and then leave," Hartman said.
Putnam County school officials have met with local business leaders because of concerns about the increasing workforce needed in the area, and the school system has incorporated career readiness skills into its regular curriculum.
Business leaders regularly attend meetings at the county career and technical school, where classes are sometimes closed because of demand. Also, this year, for the first time, things like work ethic and communication skills count as part of student's grades.
In March, U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., met with officials from Japanese companies from around the state who voiced concerns over the workforce's lack of skills in science, engineering and math.
York noted that while math and science skills are needed, especially in West Virginia, Nippon would still take workers with less experience and education -- as long as they're willing to work.
"We still hire them, but they can't do certain jobs because of it," she said.
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