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Work woes

October 24, 1997

Nearly 1,000 Maryland businesses responded to a recent statewide survey that looked at how well workforce needs are being met. Among the findings were:

* About 46 percent of the businesses said they'd had problems hiring high school-educated applicants because of communication skills. About 43 percent reported problems with their writing and reading skills.

* Nearly 80 percent of firms that hire manufacturing or skilled trades workers reported difficulty finding qualified workers.

* 38 percent of the businesses said a shortage of skilled workers hurt their ability to do business in Maryland over the past year.

* 57 percent of firms that hire from high school vocational education programs said it was difficult to find qualified applicants.

* More than 80 percent of the firms gauged Maryland's public and private colleges, universities, graduate and professional skills as either good or excellent.

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* 62 percent ranked the state's community colleges as good or excellent.

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