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Utility worker shortage November 29, 2006

Posted by Tom in Economic Development, Workforce.

Workforce Developments offers up a terrific summary of the current and projected shortage of electrical line workers across America.

This occupational area may be one of the “Holy Grails” of this weblog. As a high-wage, high-skilled, high-demand occupation, workforce development staffers should make training programs for this occupation a staple. From an economic development perspective, filling the pipeline of workers in this area makes sense because of the importance of a strong utility grid to ED efforts.

Lastly, this is a national issue – nearly everyone has a need for electricity. (With a friendly hat tip to our Amish friends…) Might the federal or state governments step up to address this critical shortage area?



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