Assessing and Closing the Skills Gap to meet America’s Labor Market Needs

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Identifying skills needs and bridging gaps between employers’ needs and job seekers’ skills in changing economic markets can be a challenge. The following resources analyze or examine how the skills gap affects cities, states, and overall national competitiveness, and provide recommendations for employers, academics, and communities of interest to address the gap.

Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America’s Middle Skills. 2014. This report analyzes the existing middle-skills workforce landscape under the lens of national competitiveness. To explore the implications of the gap, the authors “developed a framework to map occupations according to their importance to the two fundamental elements of U.S. competitiveness: firms’ success in the global economy and high and rising living standards for the average American.” Finally, the report ends with recommendations for business leaders, educators, and policymakers to improve the United States’ global competitiveness.

Skills Gap Estimates for Institutional and Individual Decision-Making: A Progress Report. 2014. This report uses public data sources to examine Maryland’s skills gap. Speaking primarily to leaders in public and non-profit education and training and economic development sectors, the authors produced the report to foster communication and inform decisions related to “the existence, magnitude, composition, and trajectory of the skills gaps.” The report concludes with the authors’ high priority research topics on the skills gap, including additional details on industry and occupational stratifications, ongoing conversations with interest groups, and localized skills gap information.

Sizing the Middle-Skill Employment Gap: Significant Opportunities in Data, Information, & Computing. 2013. This quantitative analysis examines labor market data to estimate the middle-skill employment gap for data and information technology (IT) occupations nationally and in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Francisco specifically. The analysis also provides profiles of the wage and employment outlook for four data and IT job clusters and draws conclusions about whether community colleges should prepare more graduates in each of these clusters and cities. 

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