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Federal policy must support investments in the skills of America’s workforce. At a time when employers are struggling to find the skilled workers they need to fill available jobs, funding to train workers has dropped dramatically. Since just 2010, federal education and training programs have been cut by more than $1 billion. Continued deep cuts will have profound consequences on our nation’s global competitiveness and our capacity to address the skills needs of workers and employers.

Though lawmakers face an exceptionally challenging fiscal climate, we cannot afford further disinvestments in our nation’s workforce. To maintain our economic competitiveness, we must ensure that employers have access to a skilled workforce and workers have the skills they need to be competitive in the marketplace.

      Smart Spending

      Investing in the skills of America’s people is an economic necessity. But to yield the greatest return, these investments must align with the demands of our labor market and the needs of our workforce.

      Investments in K-12 and higher education access are crucial, but workforce training investments are equally important. It’s widely recognized that most jobs require education past high school, but for every job that requires a four-year degree, millions more require a middle-skill credential. Middle-skill jobs represent the largest share of available jobs in our economy. Unfortunately, the level of US investment in education that will prepare workers for these jobs is disproportionately low. We must change our investment strategy to ensure we have the skilled workforce we need to meet the needs of workers and employers in the 21st century economy.

      K-12 Investments

      37 Billion in Federal Funds
      54 Million Youth Served
      26 Million Jobs Prepared For

      We spend $37 billion in federal funds to prepare 54 million youth to enter postsecondary education or training, or to enter about 26 million jobs (19 percent) which do not require education past high school.

      Smart Spending

      Investing in the skills of America’s people is an economic necessity. But to yield the greatest return, these investments must align with the demands of our labor market and the needs of our workforce.

      Investments in K-12 and higher education access are crucial, but workforce training investments are equally important. It’s widely recognized that most jobs require education past high school, but for every job that requires a four-year degree, millions more require a middle-skill credential. Middle-skill jobs represent the largest share of available jobs in our economy. Unfortunately, the level of US investment in education that will prepare workers for these jobs is disproportionately low. We must change our investment strategy to ensure we have the skilled workforce we need to meet the needs of workers and employers in the 21st century economy.

      Higher Education Investments

      37 Billion in Federal Funds
      55 Million People Served
      9.7 Million Jobs Prepared For

      We spend $37 billion in federal funds to prepare people for 55 million jobs (38 percent) that require a four-year degree. That’s enough to serve 9.7 million of the 31 million people who could benefit from investments in traditional access to college.

      Smart Spending

      Investing in the skills of America’s people is an economic necessity. But to yield the greatest return, these investments must align with the demands of our labor market and the needs of our workforce.

      Investments in K-12 and higher education access are crucial, but workforce training investments are equally important. It’s widely recognized that most jobs require education past high school, but for every job that requires a four-year degree, millions more require a middle-skill credential. Middle-skill jobs represent the largest share of available jobs in our economy. Unfortunately, the level of US investment in education that will prepare workers for these jobs is disproportionately low. We must change our investment strategy to ensure we have the skilled workforce we need to meet the needs of workers and employers in the 21st century economy.

      Workforce Training Investments

      451 Thousand People Served
      62 Million Jobs Prepared For

      We spend $3.4 billion in federal funds to prepare people for 62 million jobs (43 percent) that require middle-skill training. That’s enough to train 451,000 people, a small fraction of the 165 million who could benefit from investments in access to training.