Desperate Need for COBOL Programmers During COVID-19 Underlines Importance of Workforce Planning

​Connecticut, Kansas and New Jersey are among states relying on decades-old computer systems to process an onslaught of coronavirus-related unemployment claims. Sites are crashing, and it’s hard to even find people familiar with the 60-year-old computer language known as COBOL— Common Business-Oriented Language—on which the systems

rely. New Jersey, for one, is calling for volunteers to help resolve the issue."Literally, we have systems that are 40-plus-years-old," New Jersey Gov. Murp

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