|Labor Force Data - Wayne County Unemployment|
|Total labor force:||8,327|
Wages rates are from the Illinois Department of Employment Security for the third quarter of 2008.
|Job||Entry Wage||Experienced Wage|
|Fork Lift Driver||8.34||14.74|
|Operator, General Machine||11.96||15.50|
|Word Processing Operator||8.94||13.60|
|Tool & Die Maker||20.33||26.31|
1. DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE A FORMAL TRAINING PROGRAM? IS TRAINING EVALUATED IN THE EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE AND/OR COMPENSATION REVIEW PROCESS?
Fifty-six percent of the firms have formal training programs and 45 percent stated that training is evaluated informally with the employee performance and/or compensation review.
2. WOULD YOUR COMPANY BE INTERESTED IN MULTI-COMPANY CENTRALIZED TRAINING TO INCREASE THOSE SKILLS YOU IDENTIFIED ABOVE?
Fifty-two percent of the firms would be interested in multi-company centralized training to increase those skills.
3. IS YOUR COMPANY CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING IN ANY OUTSIDE TRAINING PROGRAMS, AND IF SO, WHAT ENTITY IS PROVIDING THAT TRAINING?
Only 45 percent of the firms are currently participating in outside training programs. Eastern Community College was identified most often by the firms as training program provider.
The following training providers were identified:
ISO: Laborers of North America, Wabash Valley
AIEC: Kemper Computing, Ivy Tech
HSTN: Bankers Training and Consulting
4. WHAT METHOD FOR RECRUITING HOURLY EMPLOYEES IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL?
Forty-five percent of the firms identified both employee referral and newspaper as the most successful method for recruiting hourly employees. Temp agencies were identified by 5 companies. The Department of Employment Security received 10 negative and only 2 positive indications.
5. DOES YOUR COMPANY REQUIRE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENT FOR EMPLOYMENT?
Sixty-three percent indicated such a requirement.
6. DOES YOUR COMPANY USE TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES FOR HIRING EMPLOYEES.
Fifty-four percent responded positively to this use.
7. IS YOUR COMPANY INTERESTED IN LEARNING AND POSSIBLY IMPLEMENTING SPECIFIC PROGRAMS THAT INCREASE WORKER SKILLS?
Seventy-six percent of the firms were interested in learning and possibly implementing specific programs that increase worker skills.
8. WHEN EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE, DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICANTS OR SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS ON FILE?
Sixty-six percent of the firms indicated that they have sufficient numbers of applicants for available positions.
9. IF YOUR COMPANY HAD FIVE PRODUCTION WORKER POSITIONS TO FILL, HOW MANY APPLICANTS WOULD YOUR COMPANY HAVE TO TEST?
Nearly 80 percent of the firms indicated that less than 15 applicants were necessary to fill five productive level positions. Nineteen percent preferred between 16 and 30 applicants and only one indicated a preference for between 31 and 60 applicants.
10. IS YOUR COMPANY PARTICIPATING IN OR INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT SCHOOL-TO-WORK INITIATIVES?
Company participation in or interested in learning more about school-to-work initiatives were as follows:
27 percent in internships
16 percent in skills assessment and advancement programs
18 percent in job shadowing
17 percent in job fairs
10 percent in mentoring
11 percent in career placement programs
11. What Skills Or Training Programs Do You Feel Are Needed (If Any) To Upgrade The Overall Quality Of Labor?
The most frequent needs appeared to be basic math and reading, technology, computer and communication skills. Several also mentioned managerial skills, customer service and team work. Other needs included injection molding, school-to-work, welding, safety, clinical OSHA training, problem solving and quality.