In Pennsylvania, as in many other places, job-seekers and employers face the shared challenge of a worker shortage. There are currently more job openings than there are available workers to fill them. Both job-seekers and employers must overcome significant barriers for Pennsylvania to close that gap. Five key barriers have been identified through the Command Center's work: child care, transportation, training, reentry, and professional licensure.
Formerly incarcerated individuals are often skilled workers seeking employment. Despite their qualifications and an abundance of unfilled jobs, reentrants face significant barriers to employment, such as reluctant employers, stigma, and lack of access to identification and vital records. The data presented here highlight both the vocational training that inmates receive from the Department of Corrections (DOC) while incarcerated, as well as the employment outcomes of reentrants who have returned to the community.