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The Midwest Challenge: Matching Jobs with Education in the Post-Recession Economy

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This report finds that the twelve Midwestern states are no longer dependent on manufacturing. New jobs in the region will be in high-skill service industries such as education and healthcare.

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The Midwest Challenge: Matching Jobs with Education in the Post-Recession Economy

  1. 1. The Midwest Challenge: Matching Jobs with Education in the Post-Recession Economy Anthony P. Carnevale and Nicole Smith September 13, 2011
  2. 2. Overview •  The Midwest was the hardest hit region during the recession, primarily due to the region’s industrial composition. •  Since the recession began in 2007, the Midwest lost 610,000 jobs in manufacturing, nearly a third (31 percent) of all manufacturing jobs lost during the recession nationally. •  In spite of these job losses, 2 million job openings will be available in manufacturing nationally through 2018, mostly due to baby-boomer retirement.
  3. 3. Manufacturing •  Manufacturing and agricultural employment in the Midwest will continue to decline 4 and 1 percent respectively through 2018. •  Although declining in employment terms, manufacturing is still growing tremendously in output. •  Manufacturing productivity per worker was $300,000 in 2010, more than three times what it was in 1970.
  4. 4. Job openings •  20 percent (10.2 million) of America’s job openings– will be in the Midwest through 2018. •  Ohio and Michigan will have the largest proportion of job openings. •  Minnesota and North Dakota will lead in terms of the proportion of jobs requiring postsecondary education.
  5. 5. Kansas, Illinois, and Iowa led job growth through 2018
  6. 6. New jobs •  Midwestern states are no longer solely dependent on manufacturing alone. •  New jobs in the region will be in high-skill service industries such as education and healthcare. •  These new jobs will require at least some postsecondary education and training beyond high school.
  7. 7. The growth in demand for postsecondary education is on par with job growth
  8. 8. Five Midwestern states will exceed the national average in the proportion of jobs requiring postsecondary education and training by 2018
  9. 9. Conclusion •  Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, and Kansas will require 64 to 70 percent of workers to have postsecondary education by 2018. •  Those averages exceed the national postsecondary education requirement average of 63 percent.
  10. 10. For more information: See the full report at: cew.georgetown.edu/MidwestChallenge/   Email Us | cewgeorgetown@georgetown.edu Follow Us on Twitter | @GeorgetownCEW Find Us on Facebook | Facebook.com/GeorgetownCEW Follow Us on LinkedIn | linkedin.com/company/georgetowncew

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