As automation replaces millions of low-skill jobs in the U.S., the economies of some states that rely on manufacturing or have large rural regions, such as Louisiana, are left particularly vulnerable to this so-called “robot revolution.”
Higher education leaders in Louisiana have a plan to help their workers adapt. Earlier this year, the state’s board of regents laid out a new attainment goal. Board members are aiming to raise the share of adults ages 25 to 64 who hold a postsecondary credential from 44% to 60%. They also want to double the number of credentials produced annually by 2030.