(Missourinet) A new survey reports a shortage of skilled workers topping the list as the biggest barrier for boosting employment this year.

The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center’s annual survey says the trades and patient care are especially dealing with a lack of skilled applicants. During the past 12 months, employment levels stayed the same for 47 percent of the businesses surveyed. The survey included more than 800 Missouri employers in both urban and rural areas. Missouri has more than 200-thousand businesses and about 2.6-million workers.


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