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September 2018

WGCU Interview: Exploring the Current State of Southwest Florida’s Workforce

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On today’s show, we’re going to dig into the 6th annual Southwest Florida Workforce study, conducted annually by Workforce Now, that’s a research initiative that studies the regional workforce. It’s comprised of researchers from Florida Gulf Coast UniversityHodges University, and Florida SouthWestern State College. The Workforce Study provides an overview of key information about local industries, occupations, employments gaps and projected job growth. It looks at things like which Southwest Florida occupations have the largest gaps between the number of workers demanded by employers and the available supply in the labor market? We’re joined today by two of the researchers behind the study: Dr. Christopher Westley is Professor of Economics, and Director, Regional Economic Research Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University, and Dr. Aysegul Timur is dean of the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University.

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NEWS-PRESS: What workers do Southwest Florida’s employers need the most? Not nurses.

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While nurses will always be needed in Southwest Florida, they’re not as much needed by local employers as they were a year or two ago.

For the first time in three years, nurses and other health care professionals aren’t included in the top 10 list of occupations showing the largest employment gaps — where there are more jobs than workers.

That is just one of the more interesting findings from an annual study conducted by Workforce Now, a research initiative that involves Florida Gulf Coast University, Hodges University and Florida SouthWestern State College.

So what are the occupations with the largest gaps now? Local employers need everything from retail supervisors to landscapers to maids.

Here’s the top 10 list:

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