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Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs: State by State Snapshots

Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States and in each of the 50 states. All too often, key industries in our country are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these jobs. As the fact sheets show, this skill gap keeps states' economies from growing and employers from hiring.

States can close their middle-skill gaps by adopting policies that support sector partnerships and career pathways, and by making job-driven investments. States policymakers can also use data to better align workforce and education investments with employer skill needs. NSC works with state coalitions and policymakers to promote these strategies.