A new Missouri workforce report from the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development shows improvement for the Northeast region, but work still needs to be done in the region.
Economic developers believe they need to fill open positions with younger workers as baby boomers retire, but manufacturing continues to be the strongest industry in Northeast Missouri.
Hannibal Regional Economic Development Council Executive Director Corey Mehaffy said companies are having trouble finding workers, despite a lot of job openings.
The report projects that truck drivers, inventory movers, and personal aides will be the most needed in the near future.
The HREDC works with local companies to try and meet needs and help promote resources including the Moberly Area Community College’s Higher Education Center in Hannibal and the Missouri Fast Track Program.
“It’s a great opportunity for workers, who are in maybe more entry level positions, who would like to skill up and get into more of a skilled trade, to have the opportunity to go back and get the educational attainments,” Mehaffy said.
Numbers from report help them figure out what is needed in the workforce, so they can keep the conversation going for businesses along with people wanting to work, to help them reach their goals, Mehaffy added.