Back to Work: Is firefighting, trucking, or a skilled trade right for you?

We looked around the country and found these opportunities in the workforce

The U.S. economy showed a 5.7% surge in growth last year and earlier this month, it was reported that in 2021, 6.4 million U.S. jobs were created. Meanwhile, first-time jobless claims tallied at 260,000 people for the week ending on January 22. That’s 30,000 fewer filings than the week before.

As people look for ways to access new jobs and careers, WorkingNation is always searching for opportunities around the country. This week, we share what we found in these five states.

From Michigan: CDL Life reports the expansion of  a trucking company facility in the city of Holland is expected to be completed by mid-March, creating 55 new jobs.

From Montana: KTVB reports the state of Montana is increasing its hourly base pay for seasonal firefighters to a minimum of $15.50 in an effort to hire and retain personnel.

From New Jersey: New Jersey Business Magazine reports 18 community colleges are rethinking how to prepare residents with skills required to keep up with local industry needs.

From Rhode Island: The Valley Breeze reports vocational training is already being offered in Woonsocket at an alternative location with construction of the Woonsocket Education Center expected to be completed in mid-to-late spring.

From Vermont: WCAX reports a high school in Essex Junction is reviving its skilled trades training including in HVAC, plumbing, and electrical programs.

Did you miss our previous Back to Work stories from around the country? Catch up here.