West Virginia Senate Workforce Committee hears updates on what’s being done to strengthen worker preparedness

The Senate Workforce Committee met after the regular floor session Friday morning to hear two reports on the state’s workforce situation: one about what’s being done, and one about what could be done.

Jason Green, deputy director of Workforce West Virginia updated the committee on the department’s job-matching and employment initiatives. Green told the committee the state’s workforce participation is 55%, one of the lowest in the country.

Afterwards, the committee heard from Rev. Matthew Watts, the longest serving member of the state’s Workforce Development Board, on his plan to address workforce participation issues.