The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently revealed the results of our Florida Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Q2 Small Business Index Survey, which shows Florida job creators continue to be plagued by workforce quality concerns. This is the fifth quarter in a row in which employers are concerned about finding a skilled workforce to meet job demands.
Small businesses are also concerned about economic uncertainty - likely a signal that recent activities with international trade are causing some concern. This is the first time economic uncertainty has been identified as a top concern this year.
“Businesses continue to tell us that in order to expand and to be competitive, they need access to a talented workforce,” said Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. “The Florida Chamber Foundation’s recent Florida Jobs 2030 report confirms this by showing that the future of work is changing. This quarter’s Small Business Index Survey once again indicates that workforce quality is the biggest concern for Florida’s small businesses. As we look to Florida’s future, we must continue to ensure Florida’s business climate remains fair, competitive, and a magnet for high-skilled talent."
Of Florida small businesses, 49 percent of respondents expect to hire in the next six months – down slightly from 52 percent in our Q2 2018 survey.
"Workforce quality continues to be the top concern of Florida’s small businesses, with economic uncertainty ranking second,” said Glenda Hood, Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, and Founding Partner, triSect. “Florida's economy is dependent on the small business community, and the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council remains committed to advocating on their behalf."
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The Florida Chamber recognizes that small business is big business. To learn more about becoming a member of the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council, contact Carolyn Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 521-1235.