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Workforce Issues: Views from 103 North Carolina Employers. Summary of Findings from a Web Survey

Attracting and retaining a skilled workforce is a top issue facing North Carolina businesses, according to this Web survey of 103 employers. The survey found that:

  • 94% of the companies say that attracting and retaining skilled workers is an extremely or very important issue facing their company. Most say it has taken them more time to fill positions in the last 2 years, and most project a likely shortage of workers in the next five years.

Respondents also understand the cost of losing workers to retirement or other workforce trends – knowledge loss – yet many do not have an organizational process in place to retain the knowledge and experience of exiting workers.

  • 93% of the companies named health care costs as extremely or very important.
  • 89% named workplace technology as extremely or very important, and 86% mentioned workforce development.
  • 41% say the number of employees in their company providing caregiving to a family member has increased in the last five years, and many see an impact on job performance.

This Web survey of 103 North Carolina employers was conducted by Alan Newman Research. For more information please contact Terri Guengerich at (202) 434-6306. (20 pages)