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

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.

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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