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

June 10, 2020 Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep Angie Craig, a co-founder of the bipartisan Congressional Supply Chain Caucus, convened family farmers, medical manufacturers and a supply chain expert from the University of Minnesota for a discussion about the issues supply chains are currently facing due to COVID-19 impacts. 

April 7, 2020 Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig introduced the Small Cities and Towns Investment Act to provide small cities, towns and townships with a new grant program that would allow them to invest in their communities and stimulate their economies following the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020 Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig supported the bipartisan coronavirus relief package providing relief to hard-working Minnesotans, small businesses and nonprofits while funding the needs of our health care professionals. Rep. Craig is now focused on getting the resources in the bill to the Second District as quickly as possible as well as pushing for funding for her cities and towns in future packages.

The CARES Act includes: 

January 29, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Angie Craig applauds the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the President.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Today, Rep. Angie Craig voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with overwhelming bipartisan support, giving family farmers and Minnesota businesses a new deal with our largest trading partners.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig, Mark Meadows (NC-11), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), and Greg Gianforte (MT - At large) introduced a bipartisan bill that would save significant taxpayer dollars by cutting down on government waste in the form of overpayments, underpayments, improperly documented payments or payments made to ineligible recipients.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig released the following statement on the announcement of a USMCA trade agreement:

October 24, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Angie Craig (D-MN 2) introduced companion bills in the Senate and House to help Minnesotans secure careers in high-demand fields by fueling workforce training partnerships between schools and local businesses.

October 2, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig continued her effort to expand career and technical education (CTE) programs for Minnesotans after visiting CTE facilities at several schools in the Second Congressional District. Making career and technical education programs more accessible is a top priority for Rep. Craig as she works to close the skills gap and expand economic opportunity for Minnesotans.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig hosted Executive Director of Red Wing Ignite Neela Mollgaard at an Agriculture Subcommittee hearing titled Building Opportunity in Rural America through Affordable, Reliable and High-Speed Broadband. Red Wing Ignite is a non-profit that promotes economic development in Red Wing by bringing together and providing resources for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and students. Red Wing Ignite has more than 18 businesses and organizations in their co-working space, and they have recruited and supported nearly 40 startups in 2019 alone.