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Driving Innovation From the Middle

The United States and the American South face a skills gap. A 2011 Manpower survey found the number of employers struggling to fill positions is at an all-time survey high despite a relatively stagnant unemployment rate. The survey documented that 52 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations, up from 14 percent in 2010. Middle-skill jobs, which require more than a high school diploma but not a four-year degree, featured prominently among the top ten “hardest to fill” jobs of 2011, with skilled trades topping the list.

A number of studies have found that America’s skills mismatches account for a portion of the increase in unemployment since the start of the Great Recession. Taking immediate steps to address the skills gap is an economic necessity for the American South.

During the course of North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue's chairmanship, SGA commissioned a report from the National Skills Coalition detailing the state of middle-skills workforce. Learn more by reading "Driving Innovation From the Middle."