Examines the slowing growth in worker skills that match employer needs and advocates for policies that will enable workers to obtain skills that employers seek when creating good jobs.
This paper aimed to answer the question: “Are ‘good jobs’ disappearing in the U.S.?” and presented evidence that though “[e]mployers do create good jobs in the US, they are doing this less than in the past for workers with weak educations levels and occupational skills. In particular, workers who lack some kind of postsecondary educational credential or training have increasing difficulty finding good jobs. And too many Americans, especially from low-income backgrounds, fail to earn these credentials and attain these skills. This seems to be true for general educational attainment as well as specific occupational training, and at the middle of the education and training spectrum (i.e., beyond a high school diploma but below a bachelor’s degree) as well as the top. Accordingly, we need policies that will enable more workers to obtain the skills and credentials that employers seek when creating good jobs” (p.1). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• “Stagnant earnings and growing inequality in the US labor market reflect both a slowdown in the growth of worker skills and the growing matching of good-paying jobs to skilled workers. Improving the ties between colleges, workforce institutions, and employers would help more workers gain the needed skills. Evaluation evidence shows that training programs linked to employers and good-paying jobs are often cost-effective. Helping more states develop such programs and systems would help raise worker earnings and reduce inequality” (p.1). • “…[W]e need policies that will enable more workers to obtain the skills and credentials that employers seek when creating good jobs. This means not only a stronger educational system, but one in which higher education and workforce development are more effectively integrated and responsive to trends in the labor market, especially sectors where good jobs are being created” (p.1). (Abstractor: Author)