States Fight to Fill the Middle-Skills Jobs Gap and Survive in the Digital Economy | Best States | US News

Skill-based jobs, like those found in the Justice to Journeyman program, are a major part of the digital economy, where new technology continues to create jobs that require very specific skill sets. State leaders worry their businesses won’t be able to fill these positions if there aren’t enough people with the required training, or those who do have experience aren’t considered because they don’t have a four-year degree.In 2015, 53 percent of all jobs were middle-skills, but only 43 percent of American workers were trained for the positions, according to the National Skills Coalition, which represents organizations in more than 43 states. Nearly half of all job openings between 2014 and 2024 are expected to be middle-skills.Though there is a consensus that the “middle-skills gap” will continue to have an immense impact on the economy, Harvard Business School Professor Joseph Fuller says the effects are extremely difficult to quantify. Factoring in the cost of unfilled jobs, higher wages for workers with relevant skills and the money invested in capital equipment to do work in positions unfilled by people complicate estimates, Fuller says.

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