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:


States Online College Job Market: Ranking the States

The report ranks the states by how many job openings there are per college-educated workers overall and within industries and career fields.

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Nursing: Supply and Demand through 2020

Nursing: Supply and Demand through 2020 analyzes the growing need for qualified nurses. The study projects that the economy will create 1.6 million job openings for nurses through 2020. Yet, there will not be enough nurses to fill those openings. We project the nursing workforce will be facing a shortfall of roughly 200,000 nursing professionals by 2020.

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From Hard Times to Better Times

In this third installment of Hard Times, we update our previous analyses of college majors, unemployment, and earnings over the Great Recession.

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College Is Just the Beginning

In College Is Just the Beginning: The Employer Role in the $1.1 Trillion Postsecondary Education and Training System, we analyze how much employers spend on training, what they spend their training dollars on, and how spending on formal employer-provided training varies by age, educational attainment, and industry sector.

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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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