Employer Needs Assessment

Informed by the regional manufacturing profiles1,350 Massachusetts manufacturers in the six target sectors were surveyed to assess their current staffing needs, occupational skills requirements, and to assess sectoral variations, long-term challenges, and firm knowledge and utilization of existing state and regional resources.


A summary of the key findings and the topline results and survey questions can be found by clicking on the icon to the right:

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The survey was conducted between March 12 and April 7, 2014. The margin of error for the entire survey sample (N=1,350) is +/-2.7 percentage points at a 95% confidence interval. This means that in 19 out of every 20 samples drawn using the same methodology, estimated proportions based on the entire sample will be no more than 2.7 percentage points away from their true values in the population.

To facilitate the use of these data by regional partnerships and other key stakeholders, an online tool, has been designed to allow for the results to be cross-tabulated by region, firm size, and sector.

Please note that the margin of error is larger for subgroups and cross-tabulations. Please use caution when filtering survey results by region, firm size, or sector as the margins of error may become so large as to limit the usefulness of the results. The number of total responses (N) and the associated margins of error for filtered results can be found immediately below the results.

This tool was designed by the UMass Donahue Institute’s John Gaviglio and can be accessed by clicking here.

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