U.S. Labor Secretary: Workers Need Training For New Economy

Source: Brian J. O’Connor / The Detroit News

The U.S. Labor Secretary sounded the alarm on training workers for the new economy, in an address Monday morning to a meeting of Michigan workforce development specialists.

“If current trends continue, the next generation of American workers will be less educated than the previous generation for the first time in American history,” Hilda Solis told the audience at the Michigan Works! Association’s annual workforce development conference.

Solis warned that more than two-thirds of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States will soon require some kind of training or education after high school, even though half of all unemployed adults today lack any type of college degree or certificate.

Solis praised the efforts of Michigan Works to train and retrain workers, noting that the Labor Department has invested more than $219 million in the state on programs to train workers in technology and advanced energy storage, and to retrain laid-off and downsized workers.

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