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“In most areas around the nation there are jobs available in certain high skill areas, but we don’t have the educational basis for it or we don’t have the immigrant pool for it, or whatever it may be. There is a skills mismatch; that’s part of the problem.” — Richard Fisher, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Hispanics represent 39% of the population in the metroplex. Of this group, 51% do not have a high school diploma and 30% have less than a ninth graduate education.
Blacks and Hispanics Over 25 With a College Degree:
21% of adults in the metroplex have some college, but no degree.
Many have accumulated debt without the benefit of degrees which lead to better job prospects and higher lifetime earnings.
*May 2014, Indeed.com/Perkins Data/credit
(in order of most job openings to least job openings)
*Will and Skill: Aligning Educational Initiatives with the Texas Labor Market, Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI), Texas Workforce Commission
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