‘Work’ in progress: Panel looks to prepare W.Va. labor force, encourage job participation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS) — West Virginia is still struggling to get enough workers to meet the state’s growing job demands and a special committee is looking for ways to get West Virginians ready – and willing – to work.

The West Virginia Senate Workforce Committee Friday listened to possible strategies to ease the labor shortage from the Rev. Matthew Watts of Charleston, who urged career planning for all high school students and pumping more federal dollars into cities and counties hard hit by the changing economy.