The Custom Group trains workers at its school to use many of the latest high-tech machines. But for simple tasks, workers still use some of the original equipment from 1969, when the company started. Chris Arnold /NPR hide caption

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To Fill Job Skills, Firm Brings Training In House
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Maurice Jones looks through job listings at a career center in Oakland, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Employers Pickier About Job Applicants' Skills
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Companies report that many employees are reluctant to relocate because of the depressed housing market. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Housing Dilemma: It's Holding Workers Back
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People search for jobs in an employment office in El Centro, Calif. More than 6 million people in the U.S. have been out of work for six months or longer. Mark Ralston/AFP hide caption

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Life On The Sidelines: The Long-Term Unemployed
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Flabby Skills Are Latest Worry For Unemployed
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