Aging Demographics an Economic Concern for State Chamber

NORFOLK, NE — Baby boomers leaving the workforce has become a concern for business leaders.

On Monday afternoon the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce visited Norfolk to talk about the upcoming legislative year.

Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy, Jamie Karl says they’ve noticed some undesired trends when it comes to Nebraska’s economy.

Currently Nebraska is placed 27 in CNBC’S study on the current economic trends, which reflects a 16-spot drop in three years. Karl attributes the lowered ranking to the downturn the agricultural economy and an overlooked aging demographic.

“I hear that over and over, more baby boomers leaving, and these are highly skilled folks. To fill those spots it’s going to be a challenge [that will] continue to impact our economy.”

On a more positive note, Nebraska placed in the top 10 ranking for CNBC’s spots for education, business friendliness and quality of life.

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