The Midwest Challenge finds that the twelve Midwestern states are no longer dependent on manufacturing. New jobs in the region will be in high-skill service industries such as education and healthcare.

Key Findings


New jobs in the region will be in high-skill service industries such as education and healthcare.


20 percent of America’s job openings – or 10.2 million job openings – will be in the Midwest through 2018.g.

Full Report

While the economy continues to transition from a production-based economy to a services-based economy, manufacturing and agricultural employment in the Midwest will continue to decline. However, Midwestern states are no longer solely dependent on these industries. New jobs in the region will be in high-skill service industries such as education and healthcare. These new jobs will require at least some postsecondary education and training beyond high school.

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