The Nebraska Department of Labor recently released reports detailing results from the labor availability study of the O’Neill and Valentine areas. 

According to the report, labor shortages for O’Neill and the surrounding area are expected to continue with major shortages of teachers, health care practitioners and farm workers.

Eric Thompson, director of University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Business Research, and Dillon Cornett, research analyst at Nebraska Department of Labor, will give a presentation on the findings at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Holt County Economic Development office at 330 E. Hancock St. in O'Neill. 

“Over the next decade, the number of job openings in the O’Neill area will exceed the number of available new workers with the largest gap for teachers, health care practitioners and farm workers, and significant gaps for most blue collar and service occupations. State and local entities should continue programs to interest young people in careers in agriculture and to attract health care providers and teachers to the region. The local labor market also would benefit from enhanced training, education, internship and apprenticeship opportunities developed through collaboration between employers, training entities and other education institutions," Thompson wrote.

This event is free and open to the public. The Labor Availability Report, Hiring and Training Needs Report and Skills Gaps Report for each area are based on business and household surveys and are part of a joint research project involving the Departments of Labor and Economic Development and University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Bureau of Business Research and Bureau of Sociological Research.

The full report for the O'Neill area can be found online at on the Labor Market Information Publications page.


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