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The Rework America Task Force seeks to transform America’s outdated labor market so that all Americans –especially the nearly 70% without a college degree –have opportunities to thrive in the digital economy. This coalition of diverse leaders from technology, business, labor, education and the public sector is committed to developing bold, practical, non-partisan solutions to building a skills-based labor market that works for all Americans and supports the competitiveness of the American economy. The Task Force will define and advance policies and practices among employers, educators, policymakers, technologists and workers themselves so that all are better equipped to anticipate, adapt to and harness for good the rapid pace of technological change transforming our economy. By establishing clear, accessible paths to quality jobs and lifelong training in the digital economy, the Task Force is working to enable the dignity of work for all Americans.
The American economy is undergoing a transformation unlike anything we have seen since the Industrial Revolution. Technological change is dramatically reshaping the economic landscape; automation and artificial intelligence are changing the very nature of work. By harnessing the same digital technology that is disrupting our economy, we can connect all Americans—especially the almost seven in ten Americans without a college degree—to new opportunities and training for in-demand jobs.
Today, there are more unfilled jobs than Americans looking for work. By focusing on skills, America can help workers access new opportunities while also bringing more people into the labor force.
Governors are uniquely poised to seize the opportunity that this historic moment represents. They can bring together key players in the workforce to help people develop the skills to compete and businesses find the workers with the right skills.
The Rework America Task Force is a national initiative of the Markle Foundation to create a skills-based labor market so that all Americans can thrive in the digital economy. It is committed to developing bold, practical, nonpartisan solutions that support the competitiveness of our economy and unlock opportunity for all adults—especially the nearly 70% of Americans without a bachelor’s degree—in the face of technological change and automation.
PILLARS OF A SKILLS-BASED LABOR MARKET