The Center on Education and the Workforce strives to better articulate links between education, career preparation, and workplace demands. We conduct research in three core areas with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand: jobs, skills, and people. To that end, we divide our research into the following:


The Online College Labor Market

More than 80 percent of job openings for workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher are posted online. This report analyzes the demand for college talent in the job market by examining online job advertisements for college degree-holders by education, occupations, and industries.

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Failure To Launch

Failure to Launch includes an analysis of labor force participation, employment, and earnings for young adults in their 20s and older adults in their 50s, 60s, and 70s between 1980 and 2012.

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The Summer Surge In College Unemployment

A rise in unemployment frightens college graduates as they venture into the job market. This rise in unemployment, however, is cyclical & predictable. The study analyses the summer surge & includes recommendations for students getting ready to graduate.

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Separate & Unequal

The higher education system is more and more complicit as a passive agent in the systematic reproduction of white racial privilege across generations. This report analyzes enrollment trends at 4,400 postsecondary institutions by race in the past 15 years.

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Recovery- Job Growth And Education Requirements Through 2020

Projections of jobs and education requirements through 2020. This report shows where the jobs will be by education level, occupation and industry. Recovery 2020 is an update to our Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018.

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Hard Times 2013

The Great Recession affected everyone, but recent college graduates have had continued difficulty finding jobs. Despite the sluggish recovery, however, the overall unemployment rates for recent college graduates have dropped to 7.9 percent (2010), compared to the 8.9 percent (2009) unemployment rate in the first edition of Hard Times.

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Career and Technical Education

This report details the 29 million "middle jobs"—jobs that pay middle class wages for workers without a four-year degree and the five major pathways that lead to those jobs.

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The College Advantage

How American workers fared in the Great Recession and recovery by education, sex, industry, and occupation.

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A Decade Behind

In order for the South to get out of the low-skill low-wage trap, it will need to invest in education and postsecondary training to break the cycle. We provide projections of education and employment containing a state-by-state analysis of 17 southern states through 2020.

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By 2020, 1 out of every 5 dollars will be spent on healthcare in the U.S. In this report, we project 5.6 million jobs in the healthcare sector by 2020, 82% of which will require postsecondary education.

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