Failed Drug Tests Limit Employers' Hiring Options

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 --- 11:11 a.m.

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- The president of a group that supports Wisconsin's business industry says employers are stymied in the search for skilled workers by failed drug tests.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation president Jim Morgan says more companies are drug testing potential employees, especially in manufacturing because of safety issues.

Morgan says the long-term concern for a shortage of skilled workers is causing communities like Manitowoc to address the issue. The coordinator of the initiative Healthiest Manitowoc County 2020, Annie Short, says employers are telling her as many as half of potential employees are failing drug tests. She tells the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter it seems to be a vicious circle -- some people may be using drugs because they're depressed about being unemployed. But, they can't get a job because they can't pass a drug test.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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