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State Chamber: "Maine's Labor Shortage: New Mainers and Diversity"

October 3, 2016

Maine State Chamber and Maine Development Foundation release "Maine's Labor Shortage:  New Mainers and Diversity"
Report explores importance of in-migration and diversity in growing Maine's workforce and economy

AUGUSTA, ME - The Maine State Chamber of Commerce (MSCC) and the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) released "Maine's Labor Shortage: New Mainers and Diversity" at a press conference on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The report is the most recent edition of the "Making Maine Work" workforce series.

"An available and skilled workforce is a key factor in our economic success and a priority for our two organizations," said Dana Connors, president of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.  "We hear from employers across the state and throughout the economy about the difficulties they face in finding enough workers with the skills and education they require. Part of the solution is to help every Mainer participate in the workforce to his or her highest potential. But with our demographics, we also need to look beyond our borders to bolster our population, our workforce, and our economy. It is estimated that new immigrants and their children are expected to account for 83% of the growth in the U.S. workforce from 2000 to 2050. We need to be part of this equation."

Funding for the report was provided by the Maine Community Foundation. The full document can be accessed online at http://www.mainechamber.org/makingmainework.php

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