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

November 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Angie Craig and a group of her House Democratic colleagues sent a letter to President Biden urging him to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and reinstate a ban on crude oil exports to bring down high gasoline and fuel prices in the United States.

November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Angie Craig released the following statement following House passage of the Build Back Better Act.

November 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Angie Craig and U.S. Senator Tina Smith announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $8 million in federal grant funding for the US 169 & Highway 282/County Highway 9 Interchange Project in Scott County.

October 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to a new analysis released by the House Committee on Education and Labor, the Build Back Better Act could save Minnesota families thousands of dollars in child care costs each year.  The Committee’s report found that the typical Minnesota family of four with one infant in full-time center-based child care would save $13,990 each year.

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.