WBOY: Representative David McKinley discusses workforce training, drug research funding in West Virginia

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Washington, October 11, 2018 | comments
The United States unemployment rate hit 3.7 percent in September, the lowest rate since 1969. Representative David McKinley recently spoke with WBOY about a variety of issues affecting West Virginia, including the economy. He said in spite of economic growth, there is a continuing problem with a shortage of skilled workers in West Virginia and across the country. He said more can be done to get a workforce that is up to the task of keeping the economy growing.
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The United States unemployment rate hit 3.7 percent in September, the lowest rate since 1969.

Representative David McKinley recently spoke with WBOY about a variety of issues affecting West Virginia, including the economy.  He said in spite of economic growth, there is a continuing problem with a shortage of skilled workers in West Virginia and across the country.

He said more can be done to get a workforce that is up to the task of keeping the economy growing.

"So, what we put in the budget this past year, was almost $2 billion, to try to incentivize the states to go back and put vocational education back into their curriculum," said Representative David McKinley.  "Do a better job.  Most of them have it.  They have some kind of vocational, but we need to do a better job because we have 6 million job openings out there, but we don't have a trained, we don't have people to fill those slights.  So, we want to go back and start training them because not everybody should go to college."

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