Studies show Elkhart County has about 20,000 more jobs than workers available to fill them, a problem which officials are trying to address.

The Elkhart Truth reported that at an Economic Development Summit on Tuesday (Sept. 13), Mark Dobson, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, said that the lack of skilled workers is one of the biggest concerns for employers looking to locate to the county.

The summit, featuring leaders in economic development from around the region, discussed how the business climate in the county was doing and what needed to improve.

 “We are hearing amazing feedback about the workforce in this county,” he said. “But we are also hearing concerns that there is not enough inventory.”

Dobson said studies estimate that the county needs about 20,000 workers, which represents about 15% of the county’s current labor force.

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