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)