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Working on Finding WI Workers

Working on Finding WI Workers

The head of Wisconsin’s economic development office says generous unemployment benefits are not the only reason businesses in the state can’t find workers.

WEDC Secretary Missy Hughes said on UPFRONT on Sunday that the state has had trouble finding workers for years. She says Wisconsin’s aging workforce is to blame for that. Hughes says the coronavirus has also left a lot of parents without childcare options. She said foreign workers are sparse because a lot of J1 workers aren’t applying for jobs. Republican lawmakers and business groups in the state say enhanced federal unemployment benefits mean people can make over 16 dollars an hour just sitting at home on the couch.

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