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April 3, 2013

Karissa Minn -

SALISBURY — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson met with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College leaders Tuesday as part of what he called a “Job Creation through Workforce Training” tour.

But his focus wasn’t on creating jobs. It was on creating qualified workers for the jobs that are already out there.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 12 million people unemployed nationwide, but 3.6 million jobs are still unfilled.

April 2, 2013

HARRISBURG, N.C. – “Jobs, jobs, jobs” are the main issues for 8th District Congressman Richard Hudson, who met with local business and government leaders at Harrisburg Town Hall Tuesday morning.

Hudson told the group that jobs were his top priority and that he had worked to pass the SKILLS Act (H.R. 803) to simplify federal job training.

Currently there are more than 50 federal job training programs which are confusing to potential workers and hard to access, Hudson said.

April 2, 2013

David Whisenant -

SALISBURY - While economists agree that unemployment is down across the nation, there are still thousands in our area who can’t find work. Rowan and Cabarrus counties took a huge hit when Pillowtex closed, and there have been big job losses since then.

Into that gap stepped Rowan Cabarrus Community College, retraining workers for new jobs, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

April 2, 2013

Laura Edington -

Local school administrators, professors and legislators met with U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, of North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District, on Monday in Hamlet to discuss job creation through workforce training and the SKILLS Act.

Richmond Community College was Hudson’s first stop on his district tour, which will run through April 4.

Hudson, a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, said federal Workforce programs are broken.

April 2, 2013

Mary Katherine Murphy -

In a Monday visit to Richmond Community College, U.S. Rep Richard Hudson discussed job creation and educating unskilled workers with members of the local business community.

“One of the keys to jobs, as you all know in this county very well, is that you’ve got to train your workforce,” Hudson said. “You’ve got to have folks that have the skills necessary for existing employers, but also for any future employers you might bring in.”

April 2, 2013

Nash Dunn -

Education and business officials nodded Tuesday as their locally elected congressman discussed workforce development reform in Thomasville.

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-8th, said millions of jobs are unfilled across the nation because of a skills gap that needs fixing.

Federal workforce development programs are a mess, he said, and create a maze of perplexity for job seekers.

March 29, 2013

SALISBURY — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson is slated to stop at Rowan-Salisbury Community College on Tuesday morning as part of the “Jobs and Education” tour.

Hudson is visiting community colleges across the 8th District, speaking with school administrators, professors and students about how local schools create jobs.

The freshman congressman is expected to stop in from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Salisbury campus.

A press release said Hudson will also speak about steps Congress is taking to help boost employment.

March 20, 2013

Opting out: A Republican bill to toss the requirement that businesses automatically enroll new workers in the company health plan is winning praise from industry. Reps. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) are warned that the auto-enroll provision of President Obama's healthcare law would bury employers of 200 workers or more in paperwork — a particular threat for industries that experience high employee turnover.

Issues:Health Care
March 20, 2013

The deadline for the annual Congressional Art Competition is April 12, U.S. Rep. Hudson’s office announced this week.

The competition is open to all high school students of the 8th District.

“Encouraging our young people to excel is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” Hudson said. “We may have the next Norman Rockwell or Gilbert Stuart among us—I’m honored to play a role in helping nurture and enable our young artists. This is a chance to let the talent of our community shine.”

The theme for this year’s work is an interpretation of the “Heart of Carolina.”