RICHLAND, Wash. -- Senator Patty Murray says there are almost 3,000 open jobs in the Tri-Cities, but many are not being filled because there are not enough skilled workers.
Sen. Murray toured SIGN, an orthopedic implant manufacturing facility in Richland today. She is working to pass new Career Pathways legislation. Murray says getting high school and post high school students trained in technical skills will help them get these skilled jobs.
"What are you going to do with your life? They have no idea. We need to tell them there are engineering jobs, there are health care jobs, there are manufacturing jobs. These are the skills you need to know to get them," said the Senator.
Murray also talked about getting the Workforce Enforcement Act passed, which is a plan to retrain laid off workers.