Washington, DC – As public and private employers face a growing challenge to find the talent they need for a wide range of jobs, the leading organizations that represent state and local governments —The U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Conference of State Legislatures, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, and National League of Cities call for a national strategy to invest in the nation’s workforce.
These organizations are comprised of state and local entities that are on the front lines of the national labor shortage and are uniquely situated to identify opportunities for federal collaboration on this issue. It is imperative for all levels of government to come together to support economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent Great Resignation, and the aging of the country’s core infrastructure.
With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, there is a pressing need to fill positions within the sectors that will build and maintain our nation’s roads, bridges, water systems and broadband networks. But, hiring for infrastructure jobs is a significant challenge –- the median infrastructure job takes 20% more time to fill than a non-infrastructure job. Congress must act to support employers and address their urgent workforce needs by:
State and local governments are committed to engaging with our federal partners towards our common goal of adopting effective strategies to meet our nation’s workforce needs. Increasing the pool of qualified candidates to fill critical positions is essential to strengthening our economy in years ahead.