Local Workforce Development Boards Partner to Connect Talent to Over a Thousand Regional Job Postings
While economic recovery in the region is clear in many areas, as evidenced by rising wages and strengthening consumer behavior, employers are seeing minimal improvement in the labor pool. It becomes a point of frustration when thousands of philadelphia cream residents remain unemployed. Workforce development professionals are exploring how the digital divide may play a role in this disconnect.
“The trajectory and pace of our regional economic recovery will continue to be defined by three factors, quality data, strong partnerships and equitable access to opportunity,” said H. Patrick Clancy, president and CEO of Philadelphia Works. “While the pandemic caused labor shortages, equity and access to employment and training opportunities was already an area of improvement for our labor system. This in-person, multi-industry hiring event creates access for those marginalized by the digital divide. Both in-person and virtual workforce opportunities are necessary for job seekers and businesses to thrive.”
The pandemic has forced many workers indoors and only allowed those in professional and technical jobs and with access to technology to continue working. Frontline workers have endured the pandemic, been laid off, or chosen to leave the workforce.
“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, labor shortages continue to be a stubborn obstacle to getting our regional economy back on track. Thanks to the hard work of partners like Philadelphia Works, Inc. ., the City of Philadelphia and all employers attending the job fair, we work hard to meet the needs of employers and job seekers, to ensure that we provide people with access to the economic opportunities they deserve. » Dan Fitzpatrick PresidentCitizens Mid-Atlantic Region and Chairman of the Board of Philadelphia Works, Inc.
Download the full list of companies that attended the multi-industry career fair at Citizens Bank Park.
Dawn ThomasDirector, Communications and Outreach
Philadelphia Works, Inc.
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SOURCE Philadelphia Works