Occupational Licensing

Universal Licensing Recognition

Across the country, employers are desperate for workers, but many would-be workers face barriers to getting and filling empty jobs. Between 25 and 30 percent of all jobs require an occupational license, but these licenses and work experience are often not recognized when workers move to a different state. As a result, licensed workers are less likely to move, reducing mobility and limiting their economic opportunity. Varying standards between states force workers to pay high fees and can cause workers to lose out on wages during their transition, even resulting in unemployment or a shortage of workers. States should simplify the licensing process for those who are moving by recognizing their licenses and work experience.