Dr. Keith Debbage, professor of geography, presented the results of the 2014 Greater Greensboro–High Point Area Workforce Development Survey during the Greensboro Partnership’s annual State of Our Community luncheon on Aug. 27. News of the presentation was included in the News & Record, the Triad Business Journal  and WFDD.

The survey, completed by Debbage for for the Greensboro Partnership and four other economic development agencies in Guilford County, updates one released in 2012.

Debbage noted that 60 percent of area companies can’t find candidates for skilled jobs, which is an improvement from 79 percent in 2011. Additionally, the amount of time it takes to fill these positions is decreasing.

These positions include advanced manufacturing, aviation and a number of specialized services.

“The overall takeaway,” Debbage said in the News & Record, “is the number of hard-to-fill jobs has decreased, but it’s not going away.”