BTC REPORT: Unlocking Pathways to the Middle Class: The importance of adequately funding Workforce Development in North Carolina

and ALLAN FREYER, Policy Analyst
July 2014


North Carolina’s investment in job training and other workforce development efforts
has dwindled since the end of the Great Recession, despite the huge economic
challenges facing the state’s workers and the need to prepare them for the higherskill
jobs that are the key to prosperity. By 2020, 61 percent of jobs in North Carolina
will require some kind of postsecondary training or education.Unless the state puts
more resources into creating a skilled, well-educated workforce, it will continue to fall
behind the rest of the nation in career opportunities and family income.
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