Jobs are disappearing in the U.S. due to the unprecedented pace of automation, leaving millions out of work, with the potential for structural unemployment to rise as high as 35% or more, according to LA-based WorkingNation, which is shedding light on this danger with storytelling and education, to help Americans understand the threat to existing jobs and the opportunity to act now to reskill a massive amount of workers for higher skill and higher technology jobs.
LA Stories with Giselle Fernandez interviewed Art Bilger, founder of WorkingNation this week for Spectrum 1 News SoCal. The video explores the need to learn about the job skills gap that is threatening to disrupt our economy, and Art Bilger recommends we collaboratively implement solutions quickly.
“Too many people think that when we have a vaccine, everyone is going back to work, and that’s not the case,” said Art Bilger. “Before the pandemic there was a very significant skills gap in this country, with about 7 1/2 million unfilled jobs in the US.” Art Bilger serves on the board of LAEDC, and we encourage you to watch this eye-opening video.
Center for a Competitive Workforce (CCW) is working to address this very threat, by aligning industry and education, to make sure students have access to programs that provide the evolving skills needed in well-paying middle-skill jobs in LA County. This type of investment in career pathways directly addresses the problem statement that WorkingNation is highlighting. Learn more and engage with CCW by contacting Claire Anderson.