What the research revealed:
Through our Gallup research, we heard clearly that we need to invest in Missouri’s workforce. Only 44 percent of Missouri business owners are satisfied with the state’s availability of skilled workers. Employers cited weaknesses in the state’s ability to prepare, attract and retain workers.
According to the Gallup survey:
- Only 15 percent of Missouri business owners agree that high schools are preparing students for the workforce.
- Only 42 percent of Missouri businesses agree that colleges provide preparation for the workforce.
- Only 30 percent of Missouri business owners agree that Missouri attracts the top talent.
- Only 30 percent of Missouri business owners agree the state is able to retain top talent.