Mining companies that can’t find enough qualified workers.

Manufacturers who can’t fill jobs for skilled machinists.

A shortage in skilled computer workers hitting government agencies.

Even with the unemployment rate hovering near 7 percent in Pima County, many employers are looking to hire workers with specific skills.

Connecting the dots between local workers and skills in high demand is critically important to providing good jobs and driving economic development, local industry and government officials say, as the Star presents its 32nd annual Star 200 survey of the region’s biggest employers.

Read more of this story in a special section, the Star 200, in the print edition of Sunday's Arizona Daily Star.