The issue will be one of NFIB’s priorities in next year’s session of the General Assembly
NFIB State Director Hunter Loggins says Georgia’s small business owners are encouraged by a legislative study committee’s final report on how to expand the state’s workforce. The report was adopted on Nov. 14 and posted to the committee’s official website today. Click here to read it.
“Our small business members say finding and keeping good workers is one of the biggest problems they face,” Loggins said. The latest NFIB Optimism Index survey found that 43 percent of small business owners nationwide report having job openings that are difficult to fill. One-quarter of owners plan to increase compensation within the next three months.
In its report, the Senate Study Committee on Expanding Georgia’s Workforce agreed to a list of recommendations including creating a state website employers could use to find qualified job applicants, making it easier for students to transfer credits between state technical colleges and public universities, and allocating state funds to reimburse tuition for students pursuing degrees in high-demand fields.
“This is only the beginning of the process, and it’s impossible to predict what the final legislation may look like, but we’re encouraged that legislative leaders recognize the challenges our members face in hiring qualified workers and that they’ve already begun searching for ways to address the labor issue,” Loggins said.