Changes in Labor Statistics Signal Major Occupational Shifts and Impact to Higher Education Credentials

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 12, 2017 – A joint research report released today by UPCEA and Chmura Economics & Analytics reveals a number of major occupational shifts in technology, healthcare, and other industries and their impact on higher education. The study, Occupational Shifts and Higher Education Credentials found a rise in alternative credentialing in the form of certificates, short-term courses, licensing, badges and micro-credentials among adult learners as well as traditional students.

A Case Study in Labor Market Analytics

How would you handle a request from your boss asking whether you’ll be able to continue to attract the right talent needed for your current business operations? In today’s economy, that conversation might go something like this: The unemployment rate in Northern Virginia is 3.1 percent as of April 2017 and the company’s growth plans are contingent on adding at least 50 more cyber security jobs a year in the Stafford County office over the next four years. I need you to provide me with an assessment of whether we can acquire the talent in the region as well as a contingency plan for expanding to an alternative location where the labor is available.

Who is Missing from the Labor Force?

As we celebrate the achievement of American workers on this Labor Day, we shouldn’t forget those who are left out of the labor market. The labor force participation rate, which is the percent of the civilian population 16 years and over who have a job or are looking for one, hasn’t been lower since 1978.

Math Majors Solve Employers Problems

With students packing up to go back to college this month with declared or undeclared majors, it’s a good time to consider the fields that graduating students are going into and whether they match up with the skills businesses need. Do the math.