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The $3.2 Million Plan To Attract New Workers To Vermont

As Vermont's workforce ages, the state's labor force is losing workers. Changing that trend, economists and elected officials say, is key to Vermont's future.
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As Vermont's workforce ages, the state's labor force is losing workers. Changing that trend, economists and elected officials say, is key to Vermont's future.

Facing an aging population and a shrinking labor pool, the need for Vermont's workforce to change trajectory has been a problem for years.

Vermont Edition looks at what's being proposed by Gov. Phil Scott's administration to realize that change, and the larger trends shaping that struggle.

Two former lawmakers now working on the governor's workforce growth initiatives, Sarah Buxton and Dustin Degree, discuss the demographic challenges Vermont faces, what's being proposed to address them, and how the governor's multi-million dollar campaign to target would-be Vermonters will work.

Tom Kavet, senior economic advisor to the Vermont Legislature, also joined the program to discuss some of the larger forces at play that affect Vermont's demographics.

Broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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