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No jobs, fewer dollars for training

The recent report on the state’s workforce development system offered some helpful suggestions to align the system and deliver better outcomes for North Carolina’s workers looking to access skills training for good jobs.  One thing it didn’t have suggestions for is how to deal with the declining federal investment in workforce training.

As detailed in a story this weekend, the decline by 18 percent since 2006 in federal workforce dollars has been driven by the failure to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act and the loss of federal Recovery Act dollars.  The result has meant that workers without jobs seeking retraining and those seeking to train for the jobs of the future are not being served.

In North Carolina, federal funds for workforce development programs represent about 25 percent of all dollars invested to train the state’s workforce.  Without an increased commitment by the state, many programs will struggle to serve the many workers seeking to get ahead.

8 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    April 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Not being served? False conclusion. Workers seeking retraining are paying for it themselves. Some of these federal dollars are going to certification training such as Project management for people who will never need that certification. In other words, there is a lot of waste.

  2. david esmay

    April 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Fewer federal dollars are being spent on job training than before the Bush recession. Businesses receiving corporate welfare from the government could train new employees themselves and reinvest the monies in their companies. Nice try try Frank. NYT had an article and accompanying numbers 4/4/12.

  3. david esmay

    April 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

    The statement on certifications you made is false, more and more companies are requiring employees to go through certification programs, it’s called continuing your professional training. I’ve had to do it many times, and it applies to blue collar workers also, I’ve had to get multiple certs from the American Concrete Institute, welding certs, etc. Luckily for me my employer’s picked some of the cost. You have the usually GOP blinder’s on, cut where we should spend, and spend where we should cut. Up is always down and right is always wrong, on the right.

  4. Frank Burns

    April 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    David,
    Your statement that more companies are requiring certifications is correct and those companies pay for that. They will only pay for those working in those fields, not everybody. The federal government has no business paying for these certifications and re training. Spending on the federal level is out of control and no longer should be paying for this. Freedom does not mean free stuff.

  5. david esmay

    April 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Apparently it does for investment banks, insurance companies, and Wall St. Conservatives love to tout personal accountability when talking about the poor and working class. If only they felt the same about the wealthy and corporations.

  6. Frank Burns

    April 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    The Left are no angels in that regard either. They like campaign contributions, they’ll take the donations and then reward them with green energy contracts.

  7. Doug

    April 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Interesting statistic that there are fewer people working today than when Obama took office in spite of his ridiculous claims !

  8. Alex

    April 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

    It’s also interesting under Obama there are 4 MILLION people less who are covered by employer healthcare. I think we were told that number would stay the same or go up under Obamacare.

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