In July, Wisconsin’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8% (Bureau of Labor Statistics). However, some workers have been hit harder than others. Nationally, compared to all workers over age 20, unemployment rates are four times higher among displaced workers (those who lost jobs because plants closed or moved, their position/shift was eliminated, or work dropped off; Center for Labor Market Studies, 2011). The percent of teens and young adults who are working is now at the lowest level since the end of the Great Depression (Harvard, 2011). However, high unemployment is not due entirely to lack of jobs, but also to the difficulty employers face in finding talent to fill vacancies. Families are key to producing the human talent that businesses require to remain competitive and innovative. This human talent is essential for efforts to attract and expand businesses in Wisconsin, so workers are prepared to step into these new jobs. What evidence-based programs will equip workers with the skills to meet current labor force needs and help businesses be more productive?
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including Susan M. Kreh, Johnson Controls, Inc.; George Kerwin, Bellin Health Systems, Inc.; and Mark Tyler, OEM Fabricators, Inc.