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Rotarian Susan Lester introduced Mark Butler, Georgia's ninth Labor Commissioner. Commissioner Butler, 43, had served the previous eight years in the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 18, comprised of Carroll and Haralson counties. During that time, then Rep. Butler served as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee, which oversees all operations of the budget for several of the largest state agencies, including the Departments of Labor, Human Services, and Behavioral Health.  Commissioner Butler spoke to Rotarians about the labor force and the fact that unemployment numbers were improving.  He felt that it wasn't a matter of people just dropping out of the labor force because they couldn't get a job.  He felt that some of it was because the baby-boomers were retiring, which would also reduce the number of unemployed.  Commissioner Butler spent most of his time speaking about a problem with the labor force that we as employers are all familiar with, but most of us didn't know it had a name.  He spoke about the problem of soft skills for our labor force.  What are soft skills?  Skills that Georgia employers feel are even more important than technical skills, i.e., coming to work on time and every day, making eye contact, getting along with fellow workers, dressing appropriately and getting along with supervisors.  These are the skills that our labor force seems to have lost over the years.  Commissioner Butler and his staff have come up with what they call "Georgia Best".  Over 200 schools have implemented the program whereby students are trained and given points for various soft skills that they are learning.  Hall County seems to be the flagship county for this program.  They actually give students that achieve their Georgia Best certificate another cord to wear when they graduate.  Commissioner Butler had a very lively discussion about soft skills with Rotarians during and after his program.