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so I got laid off Wisconsin night Mardi Gras is one of the faces of the US economic recovery I wasn't sure I will do I'm sixty years old not sure if I got enough money to retire but instead of retiring the computer technician when millions like him chose to retrain and rejoined the work force with updated skills I thought why not economics reporter Howard Schneider is on the story over the last couple of years really twenty fifteen on you've seen a jump of of five million workers into the labor for some of those were new people a lot of them with over fifty fives returning to the work force that's been supporting economic growth but now a kind of a say that well of available workers like rock is running dry creating a shortage of labor in places like Wisconsin Wisconsin you've got something like three times as many open jobs as you do on employed people right now is a real sense of shortage there in the first three months of this year the nation's labor force actually shrank at the same time the unemployment rate in Wisconsin hit a record low of two point nine percent putting further growth in jeopardy at places like exact sciences which makes medical screening kits the Madison based company has some four hundred job openings to fail senior vice president for human resources there can della says they're trying to up their game to be competitive luring prospective candidates with benefits like flexible shift times being able to provide on site dining on site fitness adding amenities that means something to our employees to make this a better place to work then maybe where they're working today but Schneider says offering perks is not enough to fill the worker gap because everybody's competing for the same pool and the pool is %HESITATION is exhausted %HESITATION quite frankly in bad means opportunities for groups that have often been overlooked you know it used to be you had a prison record nobody will look at you that's starting to change now a machine , will training center packed into a semi trailer is now touring state prisons the inmates can be released armed with skills they're reaching out to immigrant populations of the homeless populations guarded churches community groups and saying listen if you if you've got the timing to make the commitment we can train you off and and and and get you into a job the labor shortage could pose a challenge for the trump administration which has set its sights on a three percent annual growth rate while also trying to clamp down on immigration the doctor to come to our country we're not allowed and as the problem grows it could become an issue for voters in places like Wisconsin where Democrats will be holding their national convention next summer