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Workforce skills shortage in Dubuque

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Some area companies are finding it a challenge to find the right people to get the job done.

There's a shortage of skilled workers in the Dubuque area.

Although the unemployment rate sits low at just about three percent, there's a skills gap. 

The Greater Dubuque Development Corporation (GDDC) analyzes the workforce. "So for instance, we know that even if every nurse we graduate in the city of Dubuque and the surrounding area, would take employment in the region, we'd still we'd still have a nursing shortage in the area," said Kristin Dietzel, vice president of workforce solutions.

The same is true for other industries.

According to Dietzel most of them middle level skill jobs, that don't require a four year degree. "Nursing assistants, customer service representatives, welders, machinists, maintenance professionals."

Experts say the solution is offering more short-term training programs. Also, attracting and keeping young graduates in the area.

The skills gap could mean more options to pick from when finding a job for those who do have them, also higher entry level wages. 

GDDC releases a skills gap analysis every year. For the latest report, visit:

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