County economic growth continues

The chairman of a local economic-development corporation said the past six years of economic growth should continue for the foreseeable future.

Ken Jones, chairman of St. Joseph County EDGE, said the diversity of St. Joseph County’s business community is strong, to the extent that it is significantly insulated from the economic bumps other jurisdictions experience.

With the jobless rate in St. Joseph County at 3.3 percent, Jones said the challenge in 2019 will be filling open positions.

Based on information provided by Michigan Works, there are currently more than 100 unfilled career level positions available locally.

He said top employers are seeking aptitude in reliability, technical level training or experience and a career-building mindset. A short list of top employers who provide new hires with job site training, advancement guidance and full benefits include Abbot Nutrition, Morgan Olsen and Burr Oak Tool in Sturgis.

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