The State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy
An increasingly digitalized global economy requires ever-more digitally skilled workforces for nations to remain productive. Countries that wish to successfully compete in the global digital economy must cultivate work forces possessing the requisite digital skills so that industries, enterprises, and even individuals can thrive in the digital environment. ITIF’s report explores the state of digital skills across the U.S. economy, examining what they are, why they matter, the current extent of workforce digitalization, and how the United States fares in international digital skills comparisons. It concludes by providing a brief overview of some of the best practices and programs being introduced by nonprofit, academic, and corporate organizations to deepen the U.S. digital skills base and suggesting policy recommendations to further foster U.S. digital skills development. Unfortunately, the report finds that domestic and international assessments of digital skills show the United States is lagging its competitors.