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Building the State’s Critical Workforce

Despite state support for retention incentives, California continues to face worker shortages across many sectors, including county government. Counties are struggling to compete with private sector employers to attract and retain workers, especially for some of the most critical services that counties provide – county hospitals and clinic systems, public health departments, as well as human services and probation agencies offering services to some of California’s most vulnerable populations. Urban counties are keenly aware that workforce shortages have a profound impact on Californians served by counties.

Accordingly, UCC supports state efforts to:

  • Expand health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, and behavioral health clinicians.
  • Expand public health workforce.
  • Expand Master of Social Work student pipelines.
  • Expand childcare/early childhood education provider pipeline.
  • Expand recruitment, training, educational, and advancement opportunities for probation professionals.
  • Expand other relevant vocational training opportunities, as they relate to county government workforce.