CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator says legislation moving through the Capitol will help employ jobless workers in emerging markets across the country.
Sen. Sherrod Brown told AVC News on Thursday morning that the Senate has already passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which funds technical schools and post-secondary programs that prepare students for jobs in emerging or underemployed fields. Sen. Brown explained the impetus behind the bill:
Sen. Brown also highlighted a recent study that warns of a looming labor shortage in Ohio. The research says that, between 2008 and 2018, Ohio will create around 970,000 job openings that require post-secondary education or training. However, Brown said that the wide variety of industries in the Buckeye State will lead to an array of opportunities for jobseekers:
The Workforce Investment Act was first passed in 1998 to encourage local businesses to work with the federal government in cultivating workforce development. Brown says this renewal bill modernizes the law by allowing state and local entities decide how the training funds can best be allocated.