Guest opinion: Utah needs more qualified workers to continue economic expansion

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    March 9, 2019 9:56 p.m.

    Utah's 3 top tier colleges (UoU, USU, BYU) as well as many of its 2nd tier institutions (Weber, UVU, SUU, Dixie), along with BYU-Idaho and the various tech schools in the area, graduate a bountiful supply of well qualified workers, both high tech professionals, non technical white collar, and blue collar.

    Far too many of these newly minted workers--many whose educations or training have been subsidized by Utah taxpayers--are leaving the State to find adequate salaries. Once upon a time, Utah could claim low cost of living to offset our low wages. No more. SLC now ranks above the national average for cost of living. While that is well below California, it is much higher than many very nice locations in Texas, the Midwest, and the South. With the expansion of the Church of Jesus Christ and the building of many more temples the past 2 decades, one needn't starve in Utah to enjoy the full benefits of Church membership. The "mission field" isn't nearly so spartan as it once was.

    We do need to import workers to keep wages low and drive up costs.

    Employers need only pay a fair wage. Pay California wages and have all the best qualified help you'll ever want.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    March 9, 2019 6:15 p.m.

    These companies that have shortages should either offer more money to entice talent or they should have training in house.