According to a new analysis by the National Skills Coalition, employers in Mississippi face a shortage of sufficiently trained workers to fill middle-skill jobs. These jobs, which require training beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of America’s labor market. In Mississippi, middle-skill jobs account for 58 percent of the labor market, but only 50 percent of the state’s workers are trained to fill these positions.
58% of Mississippi jobs are middle-skill, but only 50% of Mississippi workers are trained to the middle-skill level.
A program at Mississippi’s community colleges is aimed at closing this skill gap. The Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) program helps workers earn a high school equivalency and workforce credentials at the same time so they can compete for middle-skill job openings.