The Great Resignation is not just about people near retirement age: it’s across the board, Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told a webinar Wednesday.
Many people are departing are leaving jobs they don’t want to go back to and they need help in finding better opportunities, Walsh asserted at a forum of the Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation.
The Labor Secretary said a better job needs to be done at telling people what jobs are available with a little bit of training and a little help.
He pointed to apprenticeships as part of the solution.
“Apprenticeships are the way of the future,” Walsh said.
Noting the infrastructure legislation President Joe Biden signed Monday provides money for two million apprenticeships, Walsh praised them as pathways to learn how to do jobs.
He said increased broadband access included in the bill will be a gamechanger in raising opportunities for education and good paying jobs and in letting people know where those jobs are.
Creating better opportunities for women and people of color is also vital in the jobs picture, noting in the past they have been left behind Walsh said.
The Labor Secretary called it important to let businesses know across the country the companies with the most diverse good workforces are the most successful.
“(Diversity) is good for the economy,” Walsh said.
During the webinar, Walsh said there is a need to be working for better pathways to jobs for people with disabilities:
“It is a challenge across the country. We have to do better.”
He noted the nation has recovered 81 percent of jobs lost since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis which he claimed is still with the country.
“We’re living in a pandemic. It hasn’t gone,” said the Labor Secretary.
He added: “I feel good about where we are headed.”