ERIC Number: ED296178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan-14
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Force Study: Elkhart, Indiana. Manpower Report 88-1.
Lisack, J. P.; Shell, Kevin D.
A survey of 379 Elkhart County, Indiana, employers was conducted to determine the local labor force situation. Replies received from 141 employers were analyzed, with the following findings reported: (1) more than 520 job openings existed for unskilled, entry-level jobs, but employers were having trouble filling them because candidates were poorly prepared or had bad attitudes, and because the jobs paid poorly and were on late shifts; (2) employers anticipated an annual shortage of 435 skilled personnel due to an inadequate supply of qualified applicants and low pay levels; (3) employers said that hindrances to hiring or retaining skilled or unskilled personnel were attendance problems, poor work record and unreliability, unwillingness and/or inability to learn, drug or alcohol problems, disciplinary problems, inability to get along with others, and low academic and job-skill levels; (4) employers reported high levels of unmet training needs; and (5) employers suggested that schools try harder to teach students basic skills and work attitudes and that colleges teach more supervisory skills to higher-level workers. (In addition to the survey results, this report includes data for Elkhart County showing that (1) the lack of low to moderately priced housing may be affecting some new potential employers from moving into Elkhart County and (2) the number of students in grades 7-12 has been declining and will continue to decline, while more high school graduates are pursuing higher education, making them less available for immediate employment.) (Attachments and appendixes include the survey, written and summary responses, data tables, and several articles targeted to employers.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Office of Manpower Studies.
Identifiers: Indiana (Elkhart)