-  Details of the “Middle Skill Jobs in Iowa”  report were released by the Iowa Workforce Development.  The report highlights state findings that it is imperative that workers receive training needed to fill the openings available.

This critical disconnect in Iowa's economy has led to Iowa Workforce Development announcing that they are backing programs like the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.  The state believes that the Skills Certification System will help close the skills gap and fill the talent pipeline.  Certifications will assist employers to easily identify skilled applicants in a large pool of unemployed people.

Other staggering facts from the report include:

– Only 18 percent of the jobs in Iowa are for low-skilled workers, while 38 percent of the current workforce would be considered low-skilled.

– High-skill jobs account for 32 percent of all positions, while high-skilled workers represent 29 percent of the state’s labor supply.

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