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US Chamber of Commerce Announces Launch of Initiative to Address Worker Shortage

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation launched America Works, a new nationwide initiative which aims to rally industry and government to address worker shortage. The worker shortage is getting worse by the day and poses a threat to America’s recovery, reports the U.S. Chamber.

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“This is Operation Warp Speed for Jobs,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark said in a statement. The chamber is rallying for the business community to push for federal and state policy changes to help train more American workers for in-demand jobs.

According to surveys and federal data analysis published by the department, there were 8.1 million vacant job openings in March — up from 600,000 in February. There are also half as many available workers for every open job nationwide as there have been on average over the past 20 years.

A survey also found that 91% of state and local chambers of commerce say worker shortages are holding back their economies and 83% of industry association economists say employers in their sectors are finding it difficult to find qualified workers for open positions.

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Through this initiative, the U.S. Chamber is calling for the implementation of reforms to the legal immigration system to help employers meet the demand for high-demand jobs, increasing federal investments in job education and training programs and expanding access to childcare for working parents.

“One solution or the other will not get the job done: Only by addressing all three challenges can we address our nation’s workforce challenges,” explains Clark.

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