Securing a strong economic future for all Californians: A state workforce development policy agenda

Securing a strong economic future for all Californians: A state workforce development policy agenda

California’s economy is at a crossroads. The state’s GDP is now the fifth largest in the world,1 but with one in four Californians living in or near poverty,2 the state’s prosperity stands on shaky ground. California’s policy leaders can secure an economic future that works for all of California by investing in the state’s greatest asset: its people. A stable, well-paying job is a top priority for Californians who struggle to make ends meet.3 Meanwhile, a skilled and diverse workforce is a key asset to California companies competing in the global marketplace. A world-class workforce development system that helps more workers build in-demand skills and connect to good jobs can support the economic aspirations of Californians while boosting the capacity of the state’s businesses. This agenda lays out innovative workforce development strategies that the state’s policymakers can deploy to drive economic growth through equity, opportunity, and innovation.

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