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

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. 

September 18, 2020 Press Release

This week, U.S. Rep Angie Craig joined House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), along with Co-Chair and Vice Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) to discuss health and economic disparities in Indian Country amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the dire need for federal aid. The Members were joined by Governor of the Pueblo of Santa Clara Tribal Government J.

September 18, 2020 Press Release

Yesterday, the House passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Angie Craig that establishes a pregnant worker’s clear-cut right to reasonable workplace accommodations, provided they do not impose an undue burden on their employer.  There is currently no federal law that explicitly and affirmatively guarantees all pregnant workers the right to basic accommodations – such as appropriate seating, water breaks, and relief from heavy lifting – so they can continue working without jeopardizing their pregnancy. 

August 18, 2020 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Angie Craig and Senator Tina Smith were joined by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Reps. Dean Phillips (MN-3), Ilhan Omar (MN-5) and Betty McCollum (MN-4) as they introduced bicameral legislation to help high school students in Minnesota who have lost jobs due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.