Connecticut businesses are having a hard time hiring workers, according to a newly released survey by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.
The CBIA said Connecticut has demographic challenges on two fronts: The population of young people in the state is declining, and the baby boomer generation is preparing to retire. Consequently, skilled workers are becoming scarce.
The biggest worker shortages are in the machining, engineering, sales and customer-service fields.
The survey also said skills most in demand are manufacturing, communication and leadership, computer and engineering skills, as well as "overall employability" skills, such as work ethic and punctuality.