Thursday, May 24, 2012
Structural unemployment in Iowa
The Cedar Rapids Gazette had a front page article today on Iowa's need for middle-skilled workers, defined as post high school education less than a bachelor's degree, i.e., an associate degree, technical certification, apprenticeship, or previous employer-provided training.
32% of jobs are high-skilled for which there are 29% qualified. 50% require middle skilled workers while the number of such workers is only 33%, and 18% of the jobs are low-skilled with 38% low-skilled workers. So there is a need to convert 17% of the low-skilled workers to mid-skilled, or else import workers from out of state.
Read it at The Gazette | Business 380
Iowa targeting ‘middle skills’ work force weakness in new report
by Dave DeWitte