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Jobs can be tough to come by. According to the Labor Department, the nationwide unemployment rate is sitting at around 7.5 percent.
Locally, workforce agency Kelly Services says they’re getting applicants that have the skills to fill open jobs. The problem is that 5-10% of those people are failing clinical drug tests.
It’s becoming a growing problem, as more and more employers are requiring the screenings.
“It tends to be a common thing that employees are looking for before they place an employee. They’re looking for safety on the job and they don’t want people to be using drugs before they come into work,” said Josh Fischer of Kelly Services.
Kelly Services has a policy that if a client fails a drug screening, they have to wait a year before the agency will help them look for a job again.