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By Andrea Davis on April 19, 2016
The good news: 59 percent of Hamilton County businesses surveyed this year plan to finish the decade with more employees than they have now, signaling continued prosperity and growth.

The challenge: more than half of local employers say they already are having trouble attracting candidates.

An economic development initiative unveiled April 19 aims to address the current and future staffing shortages by working to pinpoint promising workforce development strategies.  The Work! Hamilton County, IN Task Force is a collaboration of economic development, tourism and community leadership organizations, along with local chambers of commerce.

Announced during the All-County Economic Development Luncheon in Carmel, the multiphase effort will start with study teams thoroughly examining employers’ workforce needs and exploring action plans that could begin to be implemented as soon as next year.

The survey of local employers was conducted in March and April by the Hamilton County Business Intelligence Center, a partnership between Hamilton County Economic Development Corp. and Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. The Business Intelligence Center seeks and maintains data to support all aspects of economic and community development in one of Indiana’s fastest-growing counties.

More than 135 businesses that employ almost 16,000 people completed the survey. Among the results:

  • 55 percent of employers say there’s shortage of entry-level workers.
  • 51 percent have trouble finding mid-level candidates.
  • 60 percent believe a training program developed by Ivy Tech Community College would help address the shortage.
Employers also shared their thoughts on entry-level candidates’ shortcomings. Motivation and dependability were cited most often among the soft skills applicants lack, and critical/analytical thinking topped the list of hard skills in need of improvement.
Categories: Employment, "Workforce Development"