New research finds area's job satisfaction up 62 percent

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By The Staff

Market research recently collected by Preston-Osborne Marketing Communications and Research on behalf of the Lincoln Trail Career Centers found that 62 percent of respondents who live in the area are satisfied with their current job.

The top employment sectors in the area are services; manufacturing; utilities, trade and transportation; and schools and state/local government.

Seventy-six percent of the respondents, however, agreed that if they had more education or training, they could find a new job that offers greater satisfaction. The top reasons respondents do not pursue workforce development training are age, time and family commitments, money, a lack of education, and the distance of colleges or lack of educational facilities. According to a Lincoln Trail Career Center spokesman, a lack of available resources and perceived costs are common misconceptions.

“The Lincoln Trail Career Centers offer a wide array of services, many free of charge, that benefit those seeking employment assistance,” said Jim Skees, business liaison for the Lincoln Trail Area Development District. “And, with four centers in the area, we are close to home.”

The Lincoln Trail Career Centers offer a one-stop solution for job seekers and employers. Job seekers can find assistance with career services, such as résumé writing, education, skills training and job placement. The Lincoln Trail Career Centers also work with local and state agencies to assist job seekers in finding employment. However, the research showed that nearly half of all respondents had never heard of the Lincoln Trail Career Centers.

“People typically think of us as the ‘unemployment office,’ but the Lincoln Trail Career Centers offer much more,” said Tommy Wheatley, Workforce Development Manager. “We encourage residents needing employment assistance to learn more about the many services that are available.”

Asked about the Lincoln Trail area overall, respondents indicated that the top five issues facing the community are gas prices, the economy, a lack of jobs, education and a lack of good paying jobs.

“There are good paying jobs available,” Wheatley said, “but people may not know how to find them or may be intimidated by the application process. That’s where we can help.”

Research data was collected and tabulated by Preston-Osborne of Lexington, between April 30 and May 15, 2008. The findings are based on a total sample size of 400. All margins of error are calculated at the 95 percent confidence level.

For more information about the Lincoln Trail Career Centers, visit www.ltcareercenter.org.

Further information about the resources for job seekers, employers and economic development professionals can be found at www.e3.ky.gov and www.workforcekentucky.ky.gov.