If you're one of the people looking for work right now, chances are you've run into some employers who make you go online to apply.
Michigan Works says a lack of computer skills can be a major roadblock for anyone looking for a job.
FOX 17 spoke to a man in Saranac who says he feels discriminated against because he can't use a computer.
Lyle O'Dell has many years of work experience, including 15 years at GM. He says computers weren't even commonplace until around 16 years after he was out of school and working at the plant. Now jobless, he's stumped by technology and the job hunt.
O'Dell has a number of items in his yard he is selling from around his home to survive. "This is a 500 gallon gas barrel that someone could use for a barbecue or whatever," says O'Dell.
He moved to Saranac from Lansing to take care of his ailing mother.
"I had to take my mother to dialysis three times a week and I had to make her meals all day, you know, because someone on dialysis has to eat every two hours. Everything at the store is packed with salt and sugar and she couldn't have none of that so I had to make everything fresh."
However, five years after moving, he's still looking for permanent work and frustrated because he says he knows nothing about computers and says you now need them to apply just about everywhere.
"You can't get nowhere if you don't know how to run a computer."
Lyle is skilled in manufacturing, mechanics, woodwork and welding. He showed us some of his welded creations, inspired by what he calls the Jesus Fish design. They are larger welded sculptures of fish in different colors. He said he started making them to pass the time while his mom was sick. O'Dell says he'd like to sell them at a craft fair, but can't afford the booth fees right now.
For all his talents, O'Dell says he can't get past the computer screen, even at Michigan Works. "Now Michigan works says we won't put you in the system unless you have an email address," said a discouraged O'Dell.
Lead Case Manager at Ionia's Michigan Works, Karen Perkins, says Lyle is an example of many who are falling through the cracks because of technology requirements. Although computer workshops are offered, some like Lyle can't even get there because they don't have the gas money.
Perkins says if you're like Lyle and are running into roadblocks on the job hunt, you may need to explain the situation to a case manager to figure out a solution.
"I got a lot of skills and stuff you know, my dad taught me hard work and labor will get you a long ways, but then the computer comes up and takes away everybody's jobs and people that are looking for work can't get a job. What are you supposed to do?
Perkins says she is assigning a case manager to work with Lyle to try to come up with a solution. She told FOX 17 she would keep us posted on their progress.
Lyle is no stranger to hard work. He says he's also willing to do odd jobs to make ends meet while looking for permanent work and is selling some of his personal items to survive.