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Wanted: Skilled Workers

(Le Mars) -- Although Le Mars and Plymouth County are fortunate to have a low unemployment rate, it can also serve as a hinderance when recruiting businesses to settle in this region.  All across the state there is a desperate need for skilled workers.  Neil Adler, executive director of the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation says Le Mars and Plymouth County are no exceptions. There is a shortage of skilled workers for this area, and Adler says part of the problem lies with the fact the state is not attracting people.

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Adler says the state of Iowa has fallen in ranking in terms of available skilled workers.

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The LBIC executive says a challenge with finding a skilled work force in a particular community or region, is the fact people are willing to commute in order to find suitable employment.

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In future news casts, we will learn what actions and initiatives are being taken to sufficiently create and train a skilled work force for this area.

A  local community college is creating a skills training center in Le Mars to hopefully reduce the number of unskilled workers.  Western Iowa Technical Community College is turning a former auto body shop into a jobs training center.  Neil Adler, executive director with the Le Mars Business Inititative Corporation says the facility is so new, a name hasn't been assigned to the facility.

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Adler believes Western Iowa Tech will begin offering classes in February with an open house planned for April.  Le Mars is becoming known as a food processing hub with Wells Enterprises, Dean Foods, Bo-Deans Bakery, and IML Containers Iowa.  Adler says to be known in that manner may be good for Le Mars.

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The LBIC executive says being known as a food processing hub also provides employment opportunities for other industries and businesses.

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