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State Lawmakers’ Workforce Development Focus & Coming Increase in CA Minimum Wage

August 21, 2023 (1 min read)

Workforce Development High Priority for State Lawmakers

With virtually every sector of the U.S. economy suffering a major worker shortage, state lawmakers are taking steps to boost their workforces in the near- and long-term. To try to attract workers now Vermont and West Virginia have launched programs offering incentives to workers in other states, while South Dakota has initiated a program that connects those looking for jobs with employers looking for workers.

Seeking to build a pipeline of qualified future workers, Tennessee lawmakers created the College of Applied Technology, with a campus near the site of a planned Ford factory that will make electric vehicles and batteries. And New Jersey created an apprenticeship program to prepare workers for employment in the state’s water companies. (PLURIBUS NEWS)

CA Minimum Wage to Increase Next Year

California’s minimum wage will increase from $15.50 per hour to $16.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024. The director of the state’s Department of Finance said in a letter published on July 31 that the increase was necessary to account for inflation. (SHRM)

—Compiled by SNCJ Managing Editor KOREY CLARK

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