Finding the workforce that you need is becoming more and more challenging in a time when the unemployment rate is lower than it has been in years. In fact, the challenge of finding a qualified workforce is often a challenge for companies of all size. From the need to have a skilled laborforce for trade skills like welding and electrical work to the necessity to relocate executives to fill the openings in technology companies, there are businesses both large and small who feel as if they are fighting a losing battle
Finding educated and skilled workers continues to be a challenge in some communities where people are not always used to staying with a job, but the fact of the matter is there is a real need to encourage economic development in small to medium size towns if they want to remain viable communities. Without the right number of workers, for instance, school enrollments can drop, schools can close, and even fewer people will move or stay in a town. With a thriving workforce, however, a community can promote local spending and collect more taxes and add to the municipalities that will encourage even more population growth.
Finding the Best Workforce Is a Constant Challenge for Many Industries and in Many Parts of the Country
There are few industries today that can brag about low employee turnover and, as a result, there are a number of companies who are looking for a variety of available resources to help improve their hiring and onboarding practices to increase the chances that a new hire will be a good investment.
Statistics can vary from one part of the country to another, but looking at one particular city can help explain either the success or the challenges that other similar communities face across the nation. For instance, the 2017 population estimate for Shasta County, California, was 179,921 residents with the median age being 42.3 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In this one city, between the years 2000 and 2014, the population of Shasta County grew by 9.3%. Fortunately, because the county’s land area is so expansive, it has the benefit of having a population density that is five times lower than that of the entire state. Created in 1850 at the time of its statehood, Shasta County was one of the original counties of California and seems to be positioned as a community that might be able to continue to fill its workforce needs. This, however, is not the case of every place in America.