[2015 Top Site Selection Factors Ranking: #5]
Almost every economic developer or site selector will say that skilled labor availability is one of the top factors in any location decision. As more baby-boomers retire, finding enough qualified workers will become an increasing challenge a big concern for employers who must fill vacated positions as well as new ones.
Availability of skilled labor is especially critical for manufacturing companies. A new report by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing: 2015 and Beyond indicates the gap is widening. According to the report, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next 10 years yet two million of them will go unfilled.
Baldwin County has long served as a regional employer, drawing a workforce from several surrounding counties.