Thursday, October 29, 2015

Workforce shortage faces Kentucky's next governor

(AP) — Kentucky's major employers say they can't find enough qualified workers as the state climbs out of a national recession.

In Henderson County, Darrell Littrell says he wants to hire 50 people at his tool and die shop and pay them up to $100,000 a year. But he says he cannot find anyone with the skills to do the work.

The problem has become a big issue in Kentucky's race for governor. Republican nominee Matt Bevin said he would push for more vocational training and de-emphasize the importance of four year degrees. Democratic nominee Jack Conway said he would put more career counsellors in public schools to advise juniors and seniors as they plan their future.

The election is Tuesday.