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.