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The missing link in Biden’s jobs plan

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While the delta variant of COVID-19 has thrown reopenings around the country into question, recovery has arrived from a labor standpoint. U.S. employment numbers continue to rise at a pace much faster than the comeback of previous recessions, and, as many argue, the current market is a job seeker’s dream with vast labor shortages across industries.

But there is a significant portion of America’s workforce that remains in limbo. Black and Hispanic workers — who are disproportionately represented in lower-wage industries such as transportation, leisure and hospitality — are still experiencing much higher rates of unemployment compared to other demographics, even as employment numbers have slowly begun to rise. Clearly, there is a disconnect between the abundance of open jobs, the industries that are hiring, and the people who have the skills necessary to take them.

If we’re serious about creating a more inclusive labor market that works for both employers and employees, we need to first ensure that everyone has access to the skills and education needed to participate in our increasingly technical economy.

The $2 trillion infrastructure plan originally proposed by the Biden administration in March sought to address this by establishing funding for education and training........

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