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Report on SWFL Workforce Finds Lag in Wages, Gains in Retail, Healthcare

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An ongoing economic recovery, gains in health care and retail jobs, and continued low wages: that's the findings from the 2016 regional workforce study of Southwest Florida.

The study, part of an initiative between researchers at Florida Gulf Coast University, Hodges Universityand Florida SouthWestern State College, uses data from the state's Department of Economic Opportunity to show trends in the workforce of Hendry, Glades, Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. 

Thursday at 1:30 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, Dr. Christopher Westley, the Director of the Regional Economic Research Institute and Professor of Economics at FGCU, breaks down the latest report on Southwest Florida's workforce and what challenges are ahead for workers and employers in the region.

Also joining the show is Tessa LaSage from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, speaking as a member of the Future Makers Coalition, about the broader workforce development goals for the region.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
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