Middle-skills occupations are in high demand, with a projected growth rate of 3.7%, or approximately 42,000 jobs, between 2016 and 2018. These jobs require more a high school diploma and some training or college, but less than a four-year college degree. They represent the largest part of the Texas labor market. Middle-skill jobs pay an average hourly wage of $23.91 compared to a living wage of $18.08. According to a 2015 report released by JP Morgan Chase & Co., the growth of middle-skill jobs can help Dallas address its poverty rate.