SOS surveys Mississippi businesses

JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Secretary of State's Office surveyed nearly 2,000 business owners about their common challenges.

They answered questions ranging from what they're looking for in new employees to their biggest barriers in getting started or expanding.

A major discovery is that about 75 percent of those businesses find it moderately to significantly difficult to find an educated workforce.
Because of that, it takes nearly half of them three months to a year, or even more, to find qualified employees when a position becomes available.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says those aren't issues that things like tax cuts are going to improve.

"The thought that we've got to take them through school and start some kind of training program delays the whole process to me," said Hosemann. "We need to change that paradigm, change that thought process."

Hosemann notes that he has visited schools across the state that are now integrating technical training for students who don't have a desire to take the traditional university route. He says he'd like to see more of that done.