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Small Nevada businesses struggle to find qualified candidates

May 19, 2018 | Las Vegas Review-Journal | Bailey Schulz

One of the starkest differences California native Lydia High noticed when she moved to Las Vegas 15 years ago was in her hiring pool. Back in Los Angeles, most candidates could easily check off all the required skill sets for her accounting business. Her biggest concern was finding someone who would fit in with the company’s environment. “It was very difficult to find qualified employees.” It still is, she said. High and many other small-business owners in Nevada have hit a wall finding employees with the right skill sets. A 2018 survey by Nevada State Bank and Applied Analysis found more than two-thirds of businesses find it somewhat or very difficult to recruit qualified candidates. The state’s education system and a lack of economic diversification may be at fault, experts say.

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