The Congressional Budget Office released a report this week that says reforming the nation’s immigration system would cut the deficit and boost the economy. The report focuses on the economic impact of a sector of the workforce that’s also the subject of research by a nonprofit, bi-partisan group in Georgia called The Essential Economy. That group says Georgia’s economy *depends* on lower-skilled workers, many of whom are undocumented.
A recent study from staffing firm Randstad finds two-thirds of companies are using temporary and contract workers. Many plan to keep doing so post-recession. Brandon Smith explains why (and why it matters).
Bryan County announced this week the state has certified it as a Work Ready community. But that announcement could be among the last, as federal funding for the $9.5 million Georgia Work Ready program will not be available next year.
There's a mismatch going on in the national workforce. A new survey says, a record 52% of US employers are having a hard time filling critical positions despite 14 million unemployed. In the coastal area, Cindy Landolt of Coastal Workforce Services says, employers are telling her, they're getting applicants that don't have key skills.