Nearly half of Pierce County’s workers commute out of the county for work. Pierce County has more workers than jobs, but employers aren’t enjoying the benefits of the surplus. Employers compete for qualified workers with Seattle and King County, where wages tend to be higher and “brand name” companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing attract candidates due to perceptions around prestige and opportunities for advancement.
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Stakeholders report difficulty hiring and retaining qualified workers due to deficiencies in basic math and essential/soft skills