Demand for middle skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, is strong and growing. Efforts to expand the middle skill talent supply will provide the critical education and career advancement opportunities for low-income and unemployed residents.
MIDDLE-SKILL OPENINGS PROJECTED EACH YEAR
MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE OF MIDDLE-SKILL JOBS 35% HiGHER THAN THE REGION’S LIVING WAGE OF $18.08
Growing industries in the Dallas area are unable to find enough sufficiently trained workers to fill these open jobs. Unfortunately, too many DFW residents lack the basic academic and job readiness skills needed to apply for middle skill jobs. These challenges tend to disproportionately affect African American and Hispanic residents, who represent a large and growing pool of potential middle skill workers.
(Source: American Community Survey 2011-13)