Indiana's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs: 2013
An Updated Look at Employment and Education Patterns in Indiana
The Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition, in partnership with the National Skills Coalition, is pleased to present Indiana’s Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs 2013: An Updated Look at Employment and Education Patterns in Indiana.
The report finds that middle-skill jobs remain essential to Indiana’s economy, and that half of Indiana’s job openings through 2020 will be middle-skill jobs.
Yet, the data also suggests that Indiana may not have enough middle-skill workers to meet this demand. While 54 percent of all jobs in Indiana are classified as middle-skill, only 47 percent of Hoosiers likely have the skills and credentials for these jobs. This also raises concerns that the state may not realize its full long-term growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace.
The report also finds that nearly 2/3 of Indiana’s workforce in 2025 were already adults in 2010, suggesting that focusing skills training on high school students will yield only limited success. The conclusion from the report is that the Skills Gap is a full-grown problem that requires an ‘Adult’ solution.
Other key findings include:
while high-skill and low-skill education attainment are expected to decline between 2010 and 2025, middle-skill attainment gains will be modest, suggesting there will likely not be enough workers trained at the middle-skill level to fill demand.
Read the original 2010 report: Indiana’s Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs: Meeting the Demands of a 21st-Century Economy.
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