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The modern world is increasingly producing high-skilled jobs. Our state's ability to compete with workers and economies worldwide is dependent on having a highly educated workforce -- in both technical skills and intangible abilities such as innovation and problem-solving. More educated workers fuel the economic engine for states and communities, and generally produce higher incomes, greater economic security, and better health for residents. As demographic patterns make workers increasingly scarce, the ability to retain and attract young, highly educated residents is key to growth.