NFIB Makes Workforce Development Bill a Top Priority

Date: June 22, 2017

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) urges bipartisan support in the House today for legislation aimed at worker skills training

Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2017) – Legislation to revamp the nation’s workforce development programs addresses a critical problem for small business owners and should win bipartisan support in the House today, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

“Finding qualified employees is becoming more difficult for small business owners,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan in a letter to House members. “In NFIB’s most recent Small Business Economic Trends survey, ‘quality of labor’ ranked as the second-most frequent answer when NFIB members were asked to identify the single most important problem facing their small business.

“Nearly one in five respondents cited the lack of qualified workers as the biggest problem, while just over half of respondents reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill,” she continued. “This lack of potential employees is a significant structural problem in the economy that must be addressed.”

The House will vote later today on H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. NFIB listed the measure as a key vote.

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