Skills are central to the new economy, and no state has a higher demand for skilled workers than Minnesota.1 But the skill levels of Minnesotans are not keeping pace with the demands of employers:
- Seventy percent of Minnesota jobs will require some education beyond high school by 20182, yet only 40 percent of working-age adults in Minnesota hold a postsecondary degree.3
- Nearly two million working-age Minnesotans lack a credential beyond a high school diploma.4
- Furthermore, educational attainment levels are expected to decline in coming years – an unprecedented trend.5
The growing skills gap constrains Minnesota's economic growth, increases unemployment, and limits opportunities for both businesses and individuals.
An online tour of Minnesota's changing economy and the growing skills gap. See why skills are central to Minnesota's prosperity.