Among the 100 largest metropolitan markets, Knoxville ranks 16th on the education gap index. (Ranking 1st indicates the top performing metro and 100th is the worst performer.)
“Narrowing the education gap is particularly important for improving the long-term health of metropolitan economies,” Jonathan Rothwell, senior research associate and report author, says in a news release. “Metro areas with wide education gaps have higher unemployment, but metro areas with narrow education gaps have lower unemployment, more job creation, and more job openings.”
The education gap index is calculated as “as the years of education required by the average job vacancy in a metropolitan area divided by the years of education attained by the average working-age person in that metropolitan area,” according to the report.