Survey says TN employers worry about workforce quality

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A new survey shows that nearly two-thirds of Tennessee employers think it will be hard to find qualified workers over the next decade.

State economists warned last week that a shortage of skilled workers could slow the economy.

Among 618 business leaders surveyed by the Center for Business and Economic Research in Knoxville, just over 66 percent said it will be either hard or much harder to find skilled workers in the future.

More than three of every 10 business respondents also said they thought the quality of Tennessee's work force had declined in the past decade.

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