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28 May. 2019 | Comments (0)


Labor Markets Post Labor Shortage Survey Blog 05/28/19

By Gad Levanon, PhD, Robin Erickson, PhD, and Elizabeth Crofoot at The Conference Board

There are many anecdotes in the media today of employers across a range of industries wanting to hire more people, but not being able to find them: trucking companies facing driver shortages, retailers and restaurants being short-staffed, and construction companies and manufacturers encountering a limited supply of skilled or STEM-educated applicants.

The Conference Board has been reporting on labor market shortages for the past 5 years. Labor shortages are now a reality, not just a prediction. With unemployment at historic lows and Baby Boomers retiring in hordes, companies are struggling to recruit and retain workers. We have been asked many times: What should our company do? How can we find the talent we need at reasonable cost? How do we retain our current employees?

To help answer these pressing questions, we’d appreciate your participation in The Conference Board's first-ever Labor Shortages Solutions Survey. This 15-minute survey, covering both recruitment and retention solutions, is targeted to hiring managers and directors or talent management professionals in your organization.

Click this link or paste the URL into your internet browser:

What’s in it for me?

By taking our 15-minute survey, your input will assist us in developing valuable insights on how companies are attracting talent. We realize that the time investment is significant, but we think that you will learn some potential solutions just by participating in the survey. In addition, you will receive a complimentary copy of the final report (a $695 value) and a complimentary registration to a special webcast about the survey results (a $300 value) as a thank you for completion.

Please complete the survey by Friday, June 14th, 2019. Your participation is voluntary and strictly confidential, and results will only be shared in aggregate.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

  • About the Author:Gad Levanon, PhD

    Gad Levanon, PhD

    Gad Levanon is Vice President, Labor Markets for The Conference Board, where he oversees the labor market, US forecasting, and Help Wanted OnLine© programs. His research focuses on trends in…

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  • About the Author:Elizabeth Crofoot

    Elizabeth Crofoot

    Elizabeth Crofoot is a Senior Economist at The Conference Board, where she researches labor market trends, authors the quarterly Global Consumer Confidence report, and leads the International Labor Co…

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  • About the Author:Robin Erickson, PhD

    Robin Erickson, PhD

    Robin Erickson, PhD, is a Principal Researcher in Human Capital. Recognized as a thought leader for talent acquisition, engagement, talent mobility, retention, and layoffs, she also draws on her exper…

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