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Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery

Workers of color, immigrants, and workers with a high school degree or less have suffered the greatest job losses during this pandemic and are overrepresented in jobs that have been hardest hit by the economic downturn. Yet policymakers still have not developed a national workforce and re-employment strategy that focuses on the workers and small businesses that have been most impacted by the economic crisis.
To address that need, we developed a set of policy goals, principles, and a call to action for state and federal policymakers to leverage skills policy to help build an inclusive economic recovery. These include:

  1. Remove barriers to our nation's safety net for all workers and make it a foundation for new career pathways. 

  2. Guarantee income, healthcare, training and re-employment support for displaced workers.

  3.  Ensure publicly funded job creation programs include training and support service investments. 

  4. Invest in local businesses to avert more layoffs and encourage upskilling. 

  5.  Support sector partnerships to drive industry-specific training and hiring strategies.  

  6. Expand access to digital learning for all workers.  

  7. Increase workforce system capacity to support increased demand for reemployment and training services. 

  8. Provide data transparency and accountability regarding who is being included in the recovery. 


Download the full report here. 

Updated September 11, 2020

Related Resources:


Skilled America Podcast 


National Skills Coalition on Medium

Skills Blog



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  • Notes from the Field: Covid-19's Impact on California's Workers | April 28, 2020

From our Networks

  • Campaign to Invest in America's Workforce sent a letter to Senate Leaders and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies - urging them to invest invest at least $15 billion in our nation’s workforce development system, consistent with investments proposed in the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act, to ensure that we can respond quickly to current and projected demands for new workers in key industries, while helping those who have lost their jobs as a result of this crisis to transition to new family-supporting jobs. Close to 700 organizations have signed on to the letter.
    Read the full letter here.
  • Campaign to Invest in America's Workforce urges Congress to immediately invest at least $15 billion in our nation’s workforce development system. Read the full letter here.

    Update: 500 organizations signed on to CIAW's letter

  • Business Leaders United has developed a set of policy goals for an immediate stimulus package to assist workers who need income, healthcare, and housing today and to shore up small and mid-sized businesses trying to weather this crisis.