Washington state’s job growth is about 40 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and that doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. A recent report by The Boston Consulting Group and The Washington Roundtable estimates that our state job-growth rate will be nearly triple the national average by 2021, with much of the demand coming from major transportation and construction projects around King County and at Sea-Tac Airport. At the same time, there’s already a shortage of skilled workers.
“We surveyed some of the largest and most prominent companies in the Puget Sound region, and 40 percent reported hiring people who are under-skilled out of a necessity to fill positions,” says Joel Janda, partner and managing director, The Boston Consulting Group. “Half of those companies said if the employment-skilled labor gap keeps widening, they will consider moving out of the Puget Sound region.”
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