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A WORD FROM YOUR CHAMBER

PEOPLE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

WORKFORCE CRISIS:

How Lancaster
County is
Responding

T

alk with any Lancaster County business owner about
their opportunities for the future and it won't be long
until the subject of workforce comes up.

Be it through surveys, anecdotal evidence and/or flat-out
facts, there is no denying that the broad topic of workforce
is top of mind with the vast majority of our local businesses.
From lamenting the lack of "soft skills" (showing up on
time; working effectively in teams; problem solving) to the
need for engineers, physicians and researchers, Lancaster
County's workforce challenges run the spectrum of job and
industry needs.
In simplest terms, the immediate scope of the challenge is
reflected in our unemployment rate of 4.0%, a rate that most
equate with full employment for an area. Yet, the issue is far
larger than that simple statistic.
Consider the fact that the High Companies alone see a need

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