Across our region, many employers are having trouble finding the talent they need to fill available jobs, and we all want to do our part to develop the strong, talented workforce we need. But to solve this problem, we need to understand it.

That’s why we joined the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board and the Land of Sky P-20 Council to continue a regional workforce analysis called The State of Our Workforce: Western NC.

RTI International operated the survey from March – May 2022.

These results will be used to:

  • Inform policymakers and stakeholders about workforce development challenges in our region and across the state
  • Help address both short-term and long-term hiring needs
  • Support development of a wide, diverse talent pipeline spanning cradle to career

Our goal with The State of Our Workforce: Western NC is to identify solutions to close the skills gap and improve the workforce pipeline, which will ensure that companies in our area have the talent they need to succeed. With the data provided from this analysis, we can better align education systems, economic development initiatives, and business needs so our region can continue to grow and thrive.