2013 Job Seeker Survey (PDF)

This survey of over 5,000 job seekers from all 100 counties in North Carolina was performed to gather information related to the challenges job seekers face when searching for gainful employment. The report highlights several key findings including that over 43% of jobseekers turned down job offers because of insufficient pay. This may indicate that there may be a level of “wage gap” along with the “skill gap” among the workforce in North Carolina. The information clearly demonstrates the amount of work needed to align the goals of each group before employers and job seekers can connect and put people back to work.

2012 Skills Survey of NC Employers (PDF)

This survey of employers across North Carolina shows that there continues to be a skill gap issue among job seekers. Most of those are soft skills such as communication and interpersonal skills, where employers are indicating training of these skills are most valuable for hiring individuals. Employers also feel there is a strong need for standardized work readiness skills training and certification.

FAQs for 2013-2014 Employer Needs Survey

The North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards and its Business Service Representative Network are conducting a statewide employer survey with support from the NC Department of Commerce. The purpose of the survey is to collect information from businesses about their hiring needs and practices in recruiting talent. The survey will help decision-makers at the state and local policy and program levels align educational and training needs to grow jobs.