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Purpose To inventory the number of persons presently employed in the various occupational areas in the Columbus, Nebraska service area and to identify the prOjected employment needs due to turnover and expansion for the next year and the following two years in the same occupations. Methods. The inventory was conducted in postal zip code area 686 surrounding Columbus, Nebraska. A 25 percent random sampling of business firms in the area netted 667 businesses to be inventoried. The state-wide computerized model for determining occupational opportunities in Nebraska was used as the data collection instrument and data were collected by questionnaire and personal interview from 92 percent of the businesses. Findings. The inventory showed J8.l percent of the people worked in agriculture; 9.8 percent in distribution; 1.9 percent in health; 1.0 percent in home economics; 7.4 percent in business occupations; 19.4 percent in trades andindustry; and 22.4 percent in other occupations. The total number of persons employed in the area was found to be 27,060. The greatest need for workers was found to be in the trades and industrial occupations area which accounted for 38.8 percent of the total needs for the next year and 35.5 percent of the needs for the following two years. Following the "other occupations" category was the business occupations area with needs of 8.5 percent in 12 months and 8.7 percent of total needs the following two years. Distribution occupations were found to be next in needs followed by agriculture, health, and home economics.