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As the workforce continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, occupational licensing remains a growing area of interest for states, stemming largely from tight labor markets and the race to recruit workers for the large number of job openings nationwide. In 2022, the focus has largely been on improving the accessibility of licensing in order to bolster the workforce and integrate new employees.

In reviewing legislative efforts throughout the past year, NCSL has identified four key licensing trends that states are continually building upon:

  • Worker Mobility
  • Universal Licensure Recognition
  • Reducing Barriers for Veterans and Military Spouses
  • Sunrise/Sunset Provisions  
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