CareerForce seeks to meet needs of area workers, businesses

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Any employer you talk with will likely tell you the same story when it comes to filling openings they have: They simply can’t find anyone to take the job, they can’t find employees that are qualified, or they can’t find people who are reliable.

The Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) through the CareerForce program is trying to help employers overcome those challenges. CareerForce is the new name the program that has long been known as the Workforce Initiative.

 “Right now we have a significant labor shortage in our state, across the region and in the nation,” Executive Director Carrie Bendix told the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their April 2 meeting. “For every one job opening, there is a half a person. During the height of the recession, for every one job there were about nine people. So you can see we really are having a shortage. So our strategy is, ‘All hands on deck.’”

If there are people sitting on the sidelines who want to work, CareerForce looks for ways to equip them with the skills that they need to be successful in their job, she said...

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