Studies show Elkhart County, Ind., has about 20,000 more jobs than workers available to fill them, a problem which officials are trying to address.
At an Economic Development Summit on Tuesday, Mark Dobson, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, said that the lack of skilled workers is one of the biggest concerns for employers looking to locate to the county.
The summit, featuring leaders in economic development from around the region, discussed how the business climate in the county was doing and what needed to improve, according to the Elkhart Truth.
Dobson said studies estimate that the county needs about 20,000 workers, which represents about 15 percent of the county’s current labor force.
Concerns have also been raised about the age of the current workforce. Both Dobson and Rollie Helmling, director of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, say that the area’s workforce is getting closer to retirement and that it is important to train individuals to take the soon-to-be vacant jobs.