Workforce Development News – August 12, 2019

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2019 State of the St. Louis Workforce Report

Our 2019 survey of 1,144 employers from 16 industry sectors represents a composite of the St. Louis regional economy. Since St. Louis Community College’s first report in 2009, we have tracked the region’s transition from the high unemployment of the Great Recession through the last ten years of growth to a labor market now constrained by a lack of available workers. Over one-third of employers reported that they were experiencing a shortage of skilled applicants. The percentage of employers reporting they will hire new full-time employees has dropped by six percent. And employers are continuing to balance a desire for experience and education with the need to maintain a pipeline of candidates in a low unemployment economy. We partnered with three local organizations to understand who is being left behind in our full-employment economy, why, and what employers and community partners are doing to eliminate those gaps.
Read the article: http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2019/2019-state-st-louis-workforce-report/
Download the report: https://www.stlcc.edu/workforce/st-louis-workforce/

STL.works: A Region’s Response to the Growing Workforce Crisis

The St. Louis Regional Business Council (RBC) and the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of STL.works to address the growing workforce crisis in our region. An online hub, STL.works will act as a centralized source of information—highlighting pathways and resources to well-paying jobs in healthcare, manufacturing, technology and construction. The goal: to give St. Louisans an easier way to get the skills they need, to get the job they want and the future they deserve.
https://stl.works/2019/08/09/stl-works-a-regions-response-to-the-growing-workforce-crisis/

Welcoming Communities Make for Globally Competitive City-Regions

“The story of St. Louis as a welcoming beachhead for foreign and immigrant talent.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2019/08/05/welcoming-communities-make-for-globally-competitive-city-regions/

LinkedIn Workforce Report | St. Louis | August 2019

Data on St. Louis hiring, skills gaps and workforce migration.
https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/blog/linkedin-workforce-report-august-2019-st-louis-mo

How Happy Employees Lead to Happy Customers

“The satisfaction of employees in front-line roles like sales and customer service directly impacts customer satisfaction, regardless of industry.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/glassdoor-reviews-customer-satisfaction/

Has the Required Skill Level of Part-Time Jobs Changed Over Time?

“The skills required of part-time workers increased.”
https://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-8/has-the-required-skill-level-of-part-time-jobs-changed-over-time.htm

Measuring Occupational Requirements

“The Occupational Requirements Survey provides information about the requirements of jobs: Physical demands of work; Environmental conditions; Education, training, and experience requirements; and Cognitive and mental requirements.”
https://blogs.bls.gov/blog/2019/08/07/why-this-counts-measuring-occupational-requirements/

Looking at the Urban-Rural Divide in Economic Growth

“Rural areas grow more slowly than urban areas.”
https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2019/july/looking-urban-rural-divide-economic-growth

These 9 Creative Interview Questions Evoke Crucial Insights About Any Job Applicant

“Bonus: They’re unexpected, so you won’t get a bunch of stock answers.”
https://www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/these-9-creative-interview-questions-evoke-crucial-insights-about-any-job-applicant-ask-them-before-you-make-an-offer-youll-regret.html

How to End the Perfect Cover Letter

“Here are five phrases to include in the final paragraph of your cover letter that will help you seal the deal for your next interview.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/5-phrases-close-cover-letter-land-interview/

The 5 Biggest Myths About Meaningful Work

“Any act that makes us feel more connected to others also makes our work – and our lives – more meaningful.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccafraserthill/2019/08/07/the-5-biggest-myths-about-meaningful-work/

So, the three qualities of a workplace that would develop people would be information sharing, investing in the training of the workforce, and giving employees the ability to use their training and information to make decisions.” – Jeffrey Pfeffer

About Richard Schumacher

Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has held Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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