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

Nov 2, 2012

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.

Many workers rely on the bus to get to work. Others don't have that option, if their home or job is not close to a bus line.

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.