If you want a job as a marine mechanic, step right up. There's no one else in line. According to an article in the Detroit News, marinas are having a tough time reeling in skilled workers. Midwestern boat owners bring out their watercraft this time of year, but there's no one to make repairs needed to get them ready for the water.
One business owner has called hundreds of people to offer a $32-an-hour job with benefits. There have been no takers. (Most jobs, especially for starting technicians, pay a lot less.) Part of the problem is new technology that many are not trained for. According to the story, some shop owners believe workers would rather receive unemployment benefits that can run as long as 89 weeks in Michigan.