MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - The head of a Wisconsin business group says one reason employers cannot find skilled workers is that too many of them are failing drug tests. Jim Morgan of the Wisconsin Manufacturers-and-Commerce Foundation says more companies are giving drug tests to job applicants – especially in factories, due to safety concerns. Morgan says it’s a long-term problem that’s helping cause a shortage of skilled workers. He says some communities are trying to solve it, like Manitowoc. Annie Short coordinates a project that aims to get Manitowoc County residents healthier – and she says up to half of companies’ potential employees are failing drug tests. Short told the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter it’s a vicious cycle. She says some people are turning to drugs to cope with being unemployed – but they can't get a job because they don't pass a drug test.
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