A legacy of agriculture and distribution has left the region home to a low-skill workforce engaged in mostly repetitive, non-innovative jobs.
Despite a largely low-skill job market, average worker skills do not align.
- The Memphis MSA ranks 86 out of 100 on the Brookings Education Gap Index
- At 1% annually, working age population is growing slowly.
- 14% of the working age population has less than a high school diploma.
- 24% of those over 25 years old have started college but received no degree.
- The area lags the 100-largest-metro average in Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees and Graduate or Professional Degrees.
- The region ranks 91st out of 100-largest metros in high-tech industry employment.