Barbara Quandt Underwood, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), released the following statement today in response to Governor Holcomb’s efforts to build a strong workforce in Indiana:
“The governor’s commitment to building a skilled and ready workforce is a big deal to small business. Our members say they’re having a harder and harder time finding qualified applicants, and that makes it harder for them to grow and create more job opportunities.”
State-specific figures are unavailable, but according to the latest national NFIB Small Business Economic Trends (SBET) survey, 86 percent of those hiring or trying to hire in September reported few or no qualified applications for the positions they were trying to fill.
In addition, 30 percent of owners reported job openings they couldn’t fill in the most recent period, and 19 percent said the challenge of finding qualified workers was their single most important business problem, second only to taxes. Click here to download the September SBET report (PDF).
“I think a lot of people hear about the workforce shortage and think it applies only to big businesses, but that’s not true. Small businesses are struggling to find qualified workers, too. NFIB supports the governor’s efforts, and we’ll do whatever we can to help the governor’s plans become reality.”