In the coming years, the majority of jobs in our state will be filled by people who earn a credential after high school.
Credentials also protect Washingtonians’ careers from changes in the economy, such as the pandemic-induced recession we are experiencing now.
Communities of color, young workers, and those with a high school diploma or less are bearing the brunt of the current downturn. More than half of Black and Latinx households nationwide reported employment loss due to the pandemic. The national unemployment rate in October for workers age 20 to 24 was more than 1.5 times that of workers age 25 to 54.
About two-thirds of workers claiming unemployment in Washington state in November did not have a credential, a 12-percentage point overrepresentation compared to the unemployment rate of non-credentialed workers in the general population.