Middle-skill jobs require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, and make up the largest part of the labor market in each of the 50 states. Frequently, industries rely on these middle-skill jobs cannot find enough trained workers to fill job openings. These fact sheets show that these skills gaps keep states' economies from growing.
According to the National Skills Coalition, "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."