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For Some, the Transportation Gap is Bigger than the Skills Gap

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WUWM has been reporting this week on the disconnect between job seekers and job openings – a phenomenon known as the “skills gap.”

However, the barrier for some workers is not a lack of skills, but rather, transportation. Some worksites are not located on a bus line, so those positions might not work for people without a car. In other instances, job seekers have lost driving privileges.

Nichole Yunk Todd works for Wisconsin Community Services, a social service agency that helps drivers recover their licenses. She told WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl about the most common situations, in which such help is needed.