Sequestration impact in your state.
NSC has just released state-specific issue briefs detailing the potential impact of sequestration on key workforce development programs.
On January 2, 2013, $109 billion in automatic, across-the-board cuts to both defense and non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs are scheduled to go into effect. Federal workforce development programs have already lost more than $1 billion since 2010, and unless measures are taken to prevent sequestration, they will lose at least another $630 million in 2013.
There are more than 12.5 million unemployed U.S. workers and nearly 3.5 million job openings waiting to be filled. Despite high unemployment rates, employers say everyday that they cannot find workers with the right skills. Yet, we are facing the steepest decline in federal investments in the skills of our nation’s workforce in recent history. Our workers and businesses can’t afford these cuts. Congress must invest in and improve our nation’s workforce system, not eliminate it.
In response to the looming threat of sequestration, NSC has joined with 3,000 other national organizations to urge Congress to adopt a balanced approach to deficit reduction.