Franklin County talk highlights worker shortage

SCOTLAND, Pa. — The area’s economic growth is bringing a people problem with it, Jesse McCree said Thursday. 

McCree is chief executive officer of SCPa Works, a regional workforce development organization. He cited recent figures showing there were 2,600 unemployed people in Franklin County, Pa., but more than 3,000 open positions.

McCree spoke at Thursday’s annual State of the Economy Breakfast, sponsored by the Franklin County Area Development Corp. About 175 people attended the session, which was held at Chambersburg Country Club.

McCree and L. Michael Ross, the corporation’s president, talked about growth, the job market and workforce development, among other issues. They said the area’s economy is strong and poised for future growth, particularly if the federal government allocates more money for infrastructure improvements.

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