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The economy is still reeling from the pandemic, due in part to a lack of qualified workers.

Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Matt Morrow says one of the areas with a shortage of workers is the skilled trades.

He says older workers are retiring, leaving an opening for young people to fill high-paying jobs.

“They’re very secure, stable jobs. They’re things that we will always need. They aren’t easily automated,” says Morrow. “And so the result is that if you invest in acquiring the skills necessary to make a great living in one of these fields today, chances are that’s going be a lifelong investment that pays great dividends.”

Morrow says these are jobs that don’t require four-year degrees.

“These are jobs that can’t be exported. These are jobs that can’t be outsourced overseas.”

Find out more about what jobs are available through the Framing Your Future project.