Despite a job market that favors employers, businesses are still running into walls when searching for qualified and skilled candidates to fill openings.

As a result, many industries are looking to temporary workers to fill these positions. Connecticut manufacturing is one such sector, as a recent survey from the Connecticut Business & Industry Association reports that 13 percent of respondents plan to hire temporary workers by the end of 2011.

The study also identified the top positions the industry is having troubling filling. These include programmers (87 percent), technicians (78 percent) and engineers (64 percent).

 "The quality of our workforce is what sets us apart from the competition, and successful manufacturers will continue to enjoy the benefits of workforce reinvestment," said James Kask, a certified public accountant and partner at J.H. Cohn, in a statement.

Earlier this week, Catherine Smith, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, spoke at the Manufacturing Workforce Summit to address the hiring needs of the state's 4,500 sector members.

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