Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Work to Fill Available Jobs While Creating New Ones

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let's Work to Fill Available Jobs While Creating New Ones

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Llewellyn King (Jan. 21 Forum, "Need a Job? Try the Trades. Ignore the Stigma") is one of many "voices crying in the wilderness" of unemployment on behalf of abundant trade careers with family wages, stymied by yet another bias in our country. It's time to listen.

As he points out, there is a severe and growing shortage of skilled labor, yet Americans continue to look down on those without college degrees.

As we continue to be mesmerized by entrepreneurship, we can't neglect the other "makers" who build the computers, the self-driving cars, the parts for the planes and ships that get us to global markets. We need each other to produce a thriving economy with broad employment options for all who seek work and workers.

In Pittsburgh, there are solid programs, many of which offer free or subsidized tuition, that train or retrain workers for a career that provides a job, salary and career opportunity versus deep debt, in clean, tech-enabled plants. …

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