County employers need entry-level workers, say they’re willing to collaborate on transportation issues
Tribar Manufacturing workers exit a bus that brought them to work at the Howell Township firm. (Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)
A recent survey of over 100 leading companies in Livingston County shows a big need for entry level workers.
These companies provided data on their open positions, wages and worker transportation needs in the survey conducted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Workforce Intelligence Network, Ann Arbor SPARK, and the Economic Development Council of Livingston County. The Brighton and Hartland chambers provided support by circulating the survey to their members.
Over half of the businesses surveyed reported open positions; in all, 98 Livingston County companies reported a total of 833 unfilled jobs for a variety of shifts and days.
“That’s a lot of employment opportunity in our community,” said Pat Convery, president of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce. “Three-quarters of these positions are entry-level, with pay in the $10-$16 range.”
County businesses have had success in attracting talent from neighboring regions, and the survey indicates that more than a quarter of the respondents said they are willing to collaborate with other area businesses on worker transportation.
The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce has been working with state and local officials to address transportation options for Livingston County’s large employers.
The worker transportation survey was sent to businesses in Livingston County during December 2015 and January 2016.
Click here to download the survey results.