Tuesday, December 29, 2020
The future of our workforce is at a crossroads. More than 22 million people have lost jobs or have been furloughed during the pandemic. Millions of them will need to be "re-skilled" because their jobs have significantly changed or were eliminated entirely. This need is especially urgent for service workers, who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. New jobs created during the COVID-19 pandemic will require data science, artificial intelligence, analytics, cybersecurity and leadership skills given the new methods companies have implemented to survive this once-in-a-lifetime economic shift.
The U.S. needs a comprehensive approach. Today, when it is needed most, the nation's workforce is overwhelmed. In 2019, government leaders provided job assistance to 2 million individuals across the country. In March 2020 alone, they received 30 million requests for assistance.
The capacity is simply not there to provide guidance, training and support for such large numbers of workers who are unable to return to their previous jobs.
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