A new survey of Lee County businesses and industries identifies several factors that could be preventing them from filling key positions.
Dennis Fraise with the Lee County Economic Development Group said the results show that many applicants do not have the skills required to join the workforce.
He specifically pointed to basic math and science, the ability to communicate with co-workers, and motivation.
“I think there seems to be a real big concern among employers about motivation," said Fraise. "People showing up that want to work. That seems to be number 1 among a lot of the categories.”
Fraise said another finding is that it's difficult for employers to keep quality workers in the area.
He said the results of the survey will be used to come up with a plan of action for improving the quality of the local workforce.
The first meeting on the subject drew more than fifty business, education and community leaders from throughout Lee County.