Nebraska chamber cites workforce as top business concern

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An annual survey of Nebraska business and community leaders says workforce issues continue to rank as that group’s biggest concern.

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry said Monday that 45 percent of survey respondents identified workforce quality and availability as the top issue facing their business or organization.

The survey was conducted from late August through October as part of 30 chamber legislative forums held in 28 communities. The forums were attended by more than 1,450 Nebraska residents, including 36 state lawmakers.

Workforce issues have now been listed as the primary concern for four consecutive years. Employer challenges include too few applicants and a lack of necessary skills and training among the available workforce.

Taxes and regulation were also identified as a key challenge.

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