Begins Study of Local Job Force Needs

Monday, October 27, 2014

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“Local business expansion cannot happen without adequate candidates for growth,” said Bobbie Bohlen, executive director of the Grant County Development Corporation (GCDC). She observed that every week in local publications, the public can find all kinds of job opportunities in Grant County.

               “Labor force is an ongoing issue in the state, counties and communities,” Bohlen said. Earlier this year the governor crossed the state to host town hall meetings in an attempt to focus on the issue of labor force development. Grant County also hosted a town hall meeting which brough business people and concerned citizens together.

               The results of those meetings have been compiled and distributed, according to Bohlen, and the governor is challenging the communities to come up with local solutions to this issue. “One way to look at the issue is to understand the numbers and the impact that not having workforce has on our economy,” Bohlen noted.

               In response to the statewide focus on labor force development, the GCDC has started a project provide insight into the jobs, potential employees, and the local impact.

               “It is our plan to track jobs and salaries,” Bohlen explained. She said the organization started tracking in September. “We know these numbers are not 100 percent accurate. We are tracking jobs that are listed or advertised so there are jobs that are missed,” she acknowledged.

               The GCDC is working with and economic impact company called Solution Mountain that will take the numbers of jobs and analyze them to tell local officials the extent of the economic impact. “For the month of September we tracked 45 jobs,” Bohlen said. “It is important to note that the jobs cross the spectrum, all job sectors are represented. So if we had all of those 45 jobs filled, it would make a difference of an annual boost of $2,344,109 to our economy.”

               The study is just getting underway, and according to Bohlen, the GCDC will continue to track jobs over the next six months. 



Category: laborforce, jobs