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Chamber first source for workforce data

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January 18, 2017
The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce provides and gathers critical workforce data to assist its members with recruitment efforts as well as increase the chances of Sangamon County being a viable option in business attraction efforts.

To do this, The Chamber uses a software called Jobs EQ, a nationally recognized technology platform that delivers a careful analysis of the capacity and capability of our area's workforce.  The software's data is gathered by scientists, statisticians and PhD economists, using reliable sources such as Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and National Center for Education Statistics among many others, helping to identify our community's assets, strengths and weaknesses. Jobs EQ allows staff to access detailed data, such as employment, wages, and demographic statistics real time.

Here are two examples of how it’s used:  A small business owner is having difficulty filling a receptionist position, or a site selector needs to determine if our community can fulfill its workforce needs of 150 customer service representatives.  This software can identify not only the location of workers that currently work in those fields, but also people that have the skills to be successful in those positions and where both sets of people reside.  It also provides the labor outlook for those jobs. 
 
In addition, The Chamber is scheduling meetings with local employers to identify specific workforce needs to help drive current and future program and assistance efforts.  Gathering this data will not only help with programming, but provide our community with even more information to assist with business expansion and attraction efforts.  If your company needs workforce information or would like to discuss specific workforce needs, contact Sarah Graham, Director of Workforce Development, at sgraham@gscc.org or 525-1173.

As part of its overall five-year workforce expansion strategy, The Chamber will strive to grow, retain and attract qualified workers to meet local workforce demands, facilitate alignment of educational offerings with workforce needs of local businesses, and create direct partnerships between local employers and K-12, technical, and higher education.  More information about this and The Chamber’s other economic development strategies can be found at 
www.gscc.org.

 

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