The “Middle Skills” Job Gap in New York State

Here is the good news and bad news for New York State’s economy:

New York state is poised to generate one million new middle-skills jobs in industries like health care and transportation over the next seven years. But the state is also facing a shortage of qualified workers who can fill those positions, according to a new report.

In 2009, about 46% of the jobs in the state fell into the middle-skills category, according to a report by the National Skills Coalition, an advocacy group that aims to assist workers in gaining job training. Mid-skilled workers have a high-school degree plus other training such as an associate’s degree or vocational training. Only 39% of New York workers had the skills to work in those jobs.

You can read the WSJ article here.

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