Motlow helps locals take advantage of “job seekers market”

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LOCAL NEWS — Upskill. It’s defined as the opportunity to learn additional skills and expand capabilities. Motlow State is encouraging locals to earn their degree or gain certifications as a way to “upskill” towards higher paying jobs.

Unemployment rates are on the decline in Tennessee. According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee’s unemployment rate “has dropped to its lowest level since March 2020, the last month before COVID-19 business closures impacted workers across the state.”

According to a recent Forbes article, unemployment rates decrease with increasing educational attainment. Motlow State Community College can help you achieve your educational goals for the new year.

There are currently more jobs available than candidates. That makes it a job seeker’s market and a great time to get the education you need to secure high paying jobs.

“Now is a great time to earn your degree or certification. There is a highly active job market right now and companies are looking for people with education and certifications,” said Walter McCord, Dean of Career and Technical Programs at Motlow. “Students can even take advantage of initiatives like Tennessee Promise and Reconnect to attend tuition-free for up to a total of five semesters.”

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), salaries increase and risk of unemployment decreases as educational attainment rises. More education leads to better prospects for earnings and employment. Now is the time to upskill and take advantage of market changes. Check out Motlow’s Program Finder and find the program that can help you. •

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