This paper aims to provide metro, state, and national policy makers with a better sense
of the specific problems facing metropolitan labor markets. First, the analysis
examines trends in the demand
for educated labor and how a gap between education supply and demand is related to unemployment.
Next, it attempts to distinguish between cyclical and structural effects before turning
to an explanation of how an education gap might affect both by limiting job creation. It concludes
with a discussion of the implications of these findings for public policy.
- Advertised job openings in large metropolitan areas require more education than all existing jobs, and more education than the average adult has attained.
- Metro areas vary considerably in the level of education required by job openings posted online.
- Metro areas with higher education gaps have experienced lower rates of job creation and job openings over the past two years.
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