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Pa. Chamber: Logic, verbal needs -- not math -- high in workforce survey

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The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry discussed survey results this morning in Cumberland County that show employers are finding difficulties with meeting logic and verbal skill requirements, trumping math skills by comparison.

The two categories topped the survey's list of what best describes respondents' academic workforce requirements that they are having difficulty filling, followed by writing skills. Basic math was the highest-ranking math category.

The survey also finds general work ethic and industry-specific training needs high on businesses' minds.

The chamber said it undertook the survey to move beyond anecdotes heard across the state, and findings today also covered what successful firms at meeting challenges are doing to cover the need.

Investments, dedicating an employee to the task and having strong documentation were cited as important findings.

Here are Brent Burkey's tweets from today's event:

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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