ERIC Number: ED445838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Ready or Not? The Rural South and Its Workforce.
Rowley, Thomas D.; Freshwater, David
This report synthesizes findings and recommendations presented at the Southern Rural Labor Force Conference held in New Orleans in October 1998. Recognizing that the South's recent economic prosperity resides primarily in metropolitan areas, this report focuses on the readiness of the rural South to work in the future and on ways to improve the work prospects of rural areas. Part 1 looks at major trends shaping tomorrow's workplace and the implications for the rural South and its workforce. These trends include advances in technology, a growing service sector, organizational restructuring, globalization, demographic changes, and governmental policies. Part 2 examines three key "legacies" of the rural South that hinder workforce development: poverty, racial division and discrimination, and under-education. In addition to lower educational attainment, the rural South's educational deficiencies include less qualified and lower-paid teachers, lower adult literacy, and lower academic performance. Part 3 measures the performance of rural southern workers in the labor market in terms of earnings, employment level, underemployment, career advancement, and extent of workplace skills. Part 4 sums up the problem of a changing demand for labor versus an unchanging labor force in the rural South. Recommendations focus on raising the job skills of current workers, improving access to information on job opportunities, facilitating multiple job holding, and maintaining existing jobs in the region. (Contains references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Economic Change, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Employment Patterns, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Population
Full text at Web site: http://www.rural.org/workshops/ready/laborforce.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Farm Foundation, Oak Brook, IL.; Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. TVA Rural Studies Program.; Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.