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CEW explores the links between education, career preparation, and workplace demands. Our research focuses on jobs, skills, and equity with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand.

Pennsylvania: Degrees of Value

JANUARY 20, 2016

This report on Pennsylvania’s 14-university State System, which serves more than 100,000 students, shows a 10-percent increase in the number of Bachelor’s degrees awarded between 2009 and 2014. The analysis reveals that the majors leading to the highest earnings for college-educated workers in the state are in areas related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); health; and business—which together account for more than one-third of State System graduates.

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Six Million Missing Jobs

DECEMBER 14, 2015

The Lingering Pain of the Great Recession shows that the effects of the Great Recession still linger in the form of 6.4 million jobs that were not created, including 3 million college jobs.

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Ranking Your College

DECEMBER 7, 2015

Where You Go and What You Make provides students and families with a list of colleges with the highest earnings potential. The rankings correct for differences in earnings among the schools, including majors, student’s academic preparation before starting college and the likelihood of graduate degree attainment.

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Iowa: Education and Workforce Trends through 2025

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

By 2025, 68 percent of jobs in Iowa will require education and training beyond high school – 3 percentage points above the national average of 65 percent.

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Learning While Earning: The New Normal

OCTOBER 28, 2015

The New Normal finds that over the last 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been working while enrolled.

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Hispanos: Carreras Universitarias e Ingresos

OCTOBER 14, 2015

Las carreras universitarias no están perfectamente vinculadas a las ocupaciones, pero sí determinan ingresos a lo largo de la vida. Hoy una educación universitaria es la puerta de entrada a la clase media. Los hispanos que no han tenido acceso a recursos económicos a través de generaciones reciben el mayor beneficio económico obteniendo una licenciatura, ya que sus ingresos a lo largo de la vida incrementan.

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Hispanics: College Majors and Earnings

OCTOBER 14, 2015

Majors are not perfectly aligned with occupations, but they do determine lifetime earnings. Today a college education is the gateway to the middle class. Hispanics who have not had access to economic resources over generations receive the most benefit from earning a Bachelor’s degree as their lifetime earnings increases.

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Good Jobs are Back

AUGUST 17, 2015

College Graduates Are First in Line analyzes the production of jobs since 2010 and defines the components of a good job.

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The Economic Value of College Majors

MAY 7, 2015

The Economic Value of College Majors uses Census Data to analyze wages for 137 college majors.

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The Economy Goes to College

APRIL 13, 2015

This report analyzes long-term changes in how goods and services are produced.

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States Online College Job Market: Ranking The States

MARCH 25, 2015

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

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

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

FEBRUARY 19, 2015

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

FEBRUARY 4, 2015

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

APRIL 22, 2014

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

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

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

AUGUST 13, 2013

Every summer, a rise in unemployment frightens college graduates as they venture into the job market. This rise in unemployment, however, is cyclical and, as such, predictable.

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Separate & Unequal

JULY 31, 2013

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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Separados y Desiguales

JULY 31, 2013

El sistema postsecundario es cada vez más pasivo y cómplice, perpetuando sistemáticamente el privilegio racial blanco intergeneracionalmente. Separados y Desiguales: Cómo la educación superior fomenta la reproducción intergeneracional del privilegio racial analiza las tendencias de matrícula de 4,400 instituciones postsecundarias por raza y selectividad institucional durante los últimos 15 años.

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Recovery- Job Growth And Education Requirements Through 2020

JUNE 26, 2013

Recovery 2020 provides vital labor market information such as which fields are expected to create the most jobs, the education requirements required to gain employment in the U.S., and the skills most coveted by employers.

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Tiempos Difíciles 2013

MAY 29, 2013

La Gran Recesión afectó a todos, pero los recientes egresados de la universidad han tenido dificultad encontrando trabajos. La primera edición de Tiempos Difíciles muestra que a pesar de una lenta recuperación, la tasa de desempleo para recientes egresados de la universidad ha declinado 7.9 por ciento (2010), comparada a la tasa de desempleo del 8.9 por ciento (2009).

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