The sure-fire pathway to economic recovery, we’ve been told for years, is to create more jobs. When unemployment is low and people are bringing home family-wage paychecks, everyone’s financial boat rises with the tide, The Olympian reports. Just last month, the Washington Economic Development Commission released a report saying the state must do better to accelerate job growth and show technological leadership. But it turns out that thousands of jobs are going unfilled right under our noses. The state has been quietly creating tens of thousands of new jobs, mostly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The problem is we aren’t educating enough people with sufficient skills to fill them.

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