Michigan not prepared for knowledge economy

KnowledgeEconomyOne of the state’s most important public policies priorities, she said, should be to educate adults for better employment opportunities. The statistics showing how unprepared the state’s workers are for higher-level jobs are stunning.

An estimated 1.7 million Michigan adults — one of every three — don’t have the basic skills or credentials to land a job that pays enough to support a family, according to the state Council on Labor and Economic Growth. Of those, 692,000 lack a high school or general equivalency diploma.

It’s no wonder, then, that Michigan is filled with lots of low-skilled, low-wage jobs.
Four of the top six jobs in the state don’t pay above the federal poverty threshold of $21,756 for a family of four, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  MLive

It’s no longer possible to train factory workers for low-skill, high-paying jobs. Those jobs are gone, and the high-paying jobs of today typically require more education and training.

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