The Labor & Economic Analysis Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce has released the 2018 Employer Needs Survey. This is a representative survey of all NC employers with 10+ employees. Nearly 2,000 completed surveys from all 100 counties.
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.
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.