In the News: Ripon Advance: Republicans lead Ways and Means hearing to improve male workforce participation

Monday, September 11, 2017

Republicans lead Ways and Means hearing to improve male workforce participation

A steady decline over decades of men in the workforce that has resulted in a record number of job openings was the subject of a recent hearing by a House Ways and Means subcommittee, which is working toward reforming welfare programs to help more people enter the labor force.
U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources, convened the hearing to explore reasons for the decline in working-age male participation in the labor force, and possible solutions to address them. U.S. Reps. Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN), both members of the subcommittee, highlighted the impact of opioid and substance abuse on the workforce.

… Walorski noted that in her district in northern Indiana, there currently is one county that has 30,000 jobs available. “There are plenty of reasons for this, but I hear it every day from everybody and their brother: they can’t hire workers that can pass a drug test. This is in relation to this latest onslaught of opioid addiction.”
Walorski questioned Brent Orrell, the vice president of family and economic stability at ICF International, about the link between opioid addiction and unemployment. Orrell pointed to a complex series of factors.

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