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2012 Nebraska Employment and Training Needs Assessment

Community Action of Nebraska

2012 Statewide and Regional Community Assessment

on Employment, Barriers to Employment and Training Needs

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Community Action of Nebraska and the nine Community Action Agencies in Nebraska have released the results of their 2012 Statewide and Regional Community Assessment on Employment, Barriers to Employment and Training Needs.

Community Action of Nebraska conducted a 2012 Community Assessment Survey between June 26, 2012 and July 11, 2012, mailing 10,000 surveys to randomly selected residents all across Nebraska. The purpose of the survey was to better understand employment, as well as the extent of underemployment in Nebraska. Community Action Agencies in Nebraska will be using the results to increase employment services and enhance career development programs to serve the needs of their communities.

This report is intended to complement the more comprehensive State and Regional Community Assessment completed in 2010, the 2011 survey on financial behaviors, and future documents developed by Community Action of Nebraska. The 2010 and 2011 reports are available at www.canhelp.org.

Survey Results Released (22:56)

Sample of Survey Results

The assessment survey asked questions covering a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: employment status, barriers to employment, barriers for employment improvement, education and training needs, and work values and characteristics.

The results from this survey also indicated that families who were struggling were in fact working, yet unable to meet their basic needs. Approximately one in five respondents (18%) reported that their employment incomes were insufficient to meet their needs. Of all employed respondents, 48% worked 40-49 hours per week and 24% worked at least 50 hours per week.

The top five education/training opportunities that respondents reported would help them to improve or obtain employment included: Computer Skills (54%), College Courses (33%), Leadership Skills (28%), Certifications (27%) and Advancement Skills (19%).

Survey participants were asked to choose the top three characteristics that were important to them in their work environment. Of the 11 characteristics listed, Trustworthiness and Honesty were selected by 49% of respondents overall. Other top choices included Work Ethic (48%), a Positive Attitude (45%), and Respect (43%).

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