McCrory: We need fewer lawyers, fewer journalists and more truck drivers

Published September 27, 2014

by Katie Arcieri, Triad Business Journal, September 25, 2014.

Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday said that North Carolina needs fewer journalists and lawyers and more truck drivers and technical workers as he unveiled his “1,000 in 100” work force development initiative in Greensboro as part of a three-city tour.

As part of the initiative, local work force development teams will visit 1,000 businesses across North Carolina’s 100 counties during the next 100 days to better understand the needed skill sets in high-demand industries ranging from transportation to information technology. Employer surveys will be compiled and evaluated by state commerce officials in January and February and shared with Gov. McCrory in March.

There is already a shortage of qualified, dependable workers in areas ranging from Information technology "to mechanical to electrical to maintenance to HVAC," McCrory said to a crowd at Epes Transport System Inc. in Greensboro. McCrory also made stops in Cary and Charlotte to kick off the initiative.