Growth depletes Free State's work force

Jones County is suffering from a shortage of employees. Already the county has 500 job openings spanning a variety of industries.

Authorities are trying to lure industry into the area, but finding employees to fill those jobs could be a chore.

The national trend is more jobs than skilled people to fill them.

Already in Jones County hundreds of job openings are sitting empty including industrial and commercial work.

Economic developers say they're working toward having more high-skilled, high-paying jobs related to technology-oriented businesses.

While too many jobs isn't a necessarily bad challenge for the county to overcome, businesses like Denbury Resources, which specializes in oil production, has been challenged to fill new positions because of growth in the industry.