St. Louis-Area Employers Face Worker Shortage; Biggest Need In Science And Engineering

By on March 15, 2019

From St. Louis Public Radio:  Although St. Louis has an unemployment rate below the national average, area employers are struggling to find candidates who meet their needs, according to a survey by the St. Louis Regional Chamber.

The chamber on Thursday announced findings from the “Bridging the Talent Gap”survey. Among 289 respondents, 94 percent said they are hiring for full-time positions. However, 75 percent of them said they were finding it difficult to recruit certain positions — mostly requiring highly skilled workers.

“The St. Louis region needs more in-depth and meaningful collaboration between higher-education institutions and businesses,” said St. Louis Regional Chamber CEO and President Tom Chulick. “We want students to know where our high-wage jobs are, what kind of industries are hiring, and how our local colleges, universities and training programs can get them there.”

The chamber received a grant from The Graduate! Network to conduct the survey. It was one of 28 metros the nonprofit selected. The unemployment rate in St. Louis from January was 4 percent, compared to the national average of 4.4.

The report shows that 86 percent of survey participants said their companies are preparing for “moderate to high” growth in the next three to five years. All respondents in retail, construction and health care said they were expecting “moderate to fast” growth.

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