Florida’s small businesses need more skilled workers, survey says

Florida small business owners say their top concern is a lack of skilled workers, according to a recent survey by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The construction industry is among those facing a worker shortage, In this file photo, construction workers build docks and a launching pad for rowing in front of River Center at the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa.
[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Florida small business owners say their top concern is a lack of skilled workers, according to a recent survey by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The construction industry is among those facing a worker shortage, In this file photo, construction workers build docks and a launching pad for rowing in front of River Center at the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published April 24 2018
Updated April 24 2018

Florida small business owners say their top concern is a lack of skilled workers, according to a recent survey by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Workforce quality has been a recurring issue for small businesses, according to previous surveys. In this last quarter, 21 percent of responders cited it as their top issue. Economic uncertainty came in as the second top concern at 14 percent.

The top six concerns — which cover the biggest issue for 73 percent of all small business owners surveyed — also include government regulations, lawsuit abuse, health care costs and access to capital.

In the first quarter of the fiscal year, 71 percent of those surveyed said they expect Florida’s economy to improve over the next three years. In this second quarter survey, that number dropped to 60 percent.

The number dropped even more — 77 percent to 56 percent — when business owners were asked if they see the state’s economy improving in the next year.

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