Veterans help fill employment-skilled labor gap in Washington state



Washington state’s job growth is about 40 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and that doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. A recent report by The Boston Consulting Group and The Washington Roundtable estimates that our state job-growth rate will be nearly triple the national average by 2021, with much of the demand coming from major transportation and construction projects around King County and at Sea-Tac Airport. At the same time, there’s already a shortage of skilled workers.

“We surveyed some of the largest and most prominent companies in the Puget Sound region, and 40 percent reported hiring people who are under-skilled out of a necessity to fill positions,” says Joel Janda, partner and managing director, The Boston Consulting Group. “Half of those companies said if the employment-skilled labor gap keeps widening, they will consider moving out of the Puget Sound region.”

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