Did you know that the health-care sector and social assistance sector (which includes child and youth services and community services) are projected to account for almost one-third of the total increase in employment over the next 10 years? Or that, of the 30 occupations projected to have the largest percentage increase in employment between 2012 and 2022, 14 are related to health care and five are related to construction? Kristina Bartsch, chief of the Division of Occupational Employment Projections at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, discussed industries and occupations projected to gain and lose jobs between 2012 and 2022, and the education needed for those jobs, on C-SPAN’s “America by the Numbers” on January 31.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department and Education invite you to attend a live online panel discussion this Thursday, May 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This session will highlight important focus areas for the third round of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program including employer engagement, capacity building, and innovative service delivery.
The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank published an article entitled “The Vanishing Middle: Job Polarization and Workers’ Response to the Decline in Middle-Skill Jobs.” The article appears in their Economic Review, First Quarter 2013. The research explores the demand side, as well as the supply side, of the employment equation and provides insight into some industries and occupations in CTE career pathways.
You can find the publication on the Kansas City Federal Reserve site here.
Below is a summary from their site:
The Vanishing Middle: Job Polarization and Workers’ Response to the Decline in Middle-Skill Jobs
The share of middle-skill jobs in the United States has fallen sharply in the wake of advancing technology, the rise in outsourcing jobs overseas, and contractions in manufacturing. This shift of employment toward high- and low-skill jobs, known as “job polarization,” is not well understood.
Tuzemen and Willis analyze thirty years of data from the Current Population Survey and show that changes in job composition within industries have been the primary driver of job polarization, not shifts in employment away from industries such as manufacturing.
They also find that women have responded to the trend with increased educational attainment and a pronounced shift toward high-skill jobs, while men have shifted more evenly toward both high- and low-skill jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the economy added 236,000 non-farm jobs in February, according to their preliminary figures. Industries that added workers in Career and Technical Education pathways include Construction, Healthcare, Leisure and Hospitality, and the Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries.
Industries with the most workers added to payrolls in the last month include:
+44,100 Admninistrative and Waste Services
+39,100 Health care and Social Assistance
+31,700 Specialty Trade Contractors
+23,700 Retail Trade
+20,800 Motion Picture and Sound Recording
+26,800 Professional and Technical Services
+20,600 Accomodations and Food Services
Industries with largest reductions in the number of workers in the last month include:
-31,700 Electronics and Appliance Stores
-14,700 Educational Services
Visit www.BLS.gov to see the press release, access employment figures by industry, and dig deeper into state and local data.
Employment figures based on preliminary data reported by BLS for February 2013.