We can solve the worker shortage by investing in state-owned universities | Opinion

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By Gail M. D’Angelo

Pennsylvania businesses of all sizes and across many industries are struggling to find enough skilled workers for a tremendous number of open jobs. There were nearly 382,000 open jobs in Pennsylvania in March, 70,000 more than people receiving unemployment. At M&T Bank, we are experiencing historical number of job openings, and it is becoming increasingly obvious our Commonwealth lacks enough people with the education and training to fill all the jobs.

The problem isn’t new or unique to Pennsylvania, but the pandemic has shone a spotlight on the shortage of qualified workers. The talent gap stretches across the largest industries from agribusinesses, information technology, business and finance to health care. These industries drive our economy and are the lifeblood of local communities.