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ERIC Number: ED505196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Central New York's New Workforce
Center for an Urban Future
Conducted in late 2008 in partnership with the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, this is the largest survey ever taken of Central New York businesses regarding the English language skills of the area workforce. The online survey was emailed to several hundred local businesses; 126 responses were received from businesses in industries ranging from construction and health care to wholesale trade and manufacturing. Fifty-one businesses reported that they employ workers with limited English proficiency. With the exception of retail businesses, at least one business in every sector surveyed reported that the limited English skills of their workers had an impact on their operations. Survey results suggest that the region's competitive position will increasingly depend upon getting its newest workers the English language skills that employers need, underscoring demographic changes that have been underway in Central New York for more than a decade. As immigrants comprise a rising share of the population and workforce throughout the region, upgrading their language skills will be key for local businesses and the area's future economic growth. (Contains 8 footnotes.) [This report was published in partnership with the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy. Additional support for Urban Future's research on rethinking English for Speakers of Other Languages was provided by the Working Poor Families Project.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: New York Community Trust
Authoring Institution: Center for an Urban Future
Identifiers - Location: New York