The stakes are high for programs and policies that look to transform our systems of working and learning. You need to ask the right questions, collect the right data, and make the right analyses to know what works and what to do. JFF’s Research & Analytics Unit combines deep field knowledge with rigorous and systematic inquiry to create strong evidence that can be put into action.
A growing number of employers identify difficulty hiring highly qualified workers as their top competitive challenge. Roughly 75 million of Americans could meet these employer needs but currently lack the skills or supports to do so. This is America’s untapped workforce—the many people who do not have the work or wages they need to get by, but who can become the talent we need.
JFF defines the "untapped workforce" as the population of working-aged adults who do not have the work or wages they need to get by. To maximize national economic growth, meet employers’ talent needs, and eliminate the widening wage gap, we must do better at helping these individuals gain the competencies and credentials required for in-demand, family-supporting careers.