Pennsylvania employers are concerned about the availability of qualified workers in the state, according to a survey conducted in early May by Dauphin County-based Susquehanna Polling & Research. 500 businesses were surveyed.
Employers also are skeptical of whether a high school diploma is a guarantee a young person is prepared to successfully enter the workforce, according to the poll. Four out of five business owners and senior managers agree statewide education standards and uniform final exams would help improve the state's workforce, the poll found.
More than 60 percent of respondents rate the quality of the state's workforce as good or excellent, but very few think it has improved in recent years. One-third of respondents believe it has worsened, the poll found. About half of the managers surveyed reported their companies lose productivity by having to train or retrain workers on basic skills.
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