Jobs and Economy

We have a major skills gap in the Minnesota job market. Minnesota employees cannot find the skilled workers they need with the right qualifications, and right now job seekers are having a difficult time getting the skills they need for the high-paying jobs that are available today. 

College isn’t the right path for every student and we shouldn’t be limiting the options of Minnesota students by underfunding or de-emphasizing technical education and career skills programs.

To keep Minnesota’s economy strong, we need to re-envision the connections between our high schools, career skills and technical education programs, community partners and employers. That’s why I’m working to make career skills and technical education available to more students, and I’m focused on aligning these programs with our job market so that students are prepared with the skills they need to be successful as they enter it.


More on Jobs and Economy

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Craig (D-MN) helped pass annual funding legislation that includes several key priorities designed to support constituents in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. The package, which includes seven appropriations bills for federal agencies across government, will direct funds toward a number of Craig’s requested priorities for working Minnesotans, including infrastructure spending, mental health care programs and economic recovery efforts. 

June 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig released the following statement after being named as one of the eight Members appointed to the Select Committee on Economic Disparity & Fairness in Growth:  

June 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig announced that seven of her Member Designated Projects submitted on behalf of communities in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District were included in the INVEST in America Act, a transformative five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill. If ultimately signed into law, the projects combined would bring $15,815,000 in direct federal funding to communities across the District. 

April 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN) and Pete Stauber (R-MN) introduced the bipartisan Supporting Apprenticeship Colleges Act of 2021 to provide grants to eligible apprenticeship colleges throughout the country to expand and support enrollment. The apprenticeship programs that would be eligible for grants in this bill are federally accredited institutions that are often left out of traditional higher education grant programs despite the important work they do to prepare students for high-demand jobs. 

March 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig voted to pass the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a wide-ranging economic relief package designed to provide financial support to struggling Americans, deliver assistance to small businesses as well as local governments and contain the COVID-19 virus by distributing billions of dollars to support vaccine distribution and testing. 

March 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2021, which would offer the most significant upgrade to U.S. labor laws in 80 years. 

February 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Angie Craig joined legislation to invest $15 billion in our nation’s workforce training system, which will help support millions of workers who have lost their jobs or are under-employed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Relaunching America’s Workforce Act authorizes funding to provide essential career services and help workers attain additional skills and credentials as the economy emerges from its deepest decline since the Great Depression.

February 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Last week, Representative Angie Craig joined Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator Patty Murray as an original cosponsor in reintroducing the bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963, help eliminate the gender wage gap and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig released the following statement on the House passage of an omnibus government funding bill as well as a COVID relief bill. The bill now awaits approval in the Senate, before it heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 

September 25, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Angie Craig joined Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-02) in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seeking legislative action on a revised COVID-19 relief package when members return to Washington next week.