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

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. 

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.