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ERIC Number: ED542189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Job Growth: Why Increasing Educational Attainment Is so Important for Creating Jobs. Research Brief
Lederer, John
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
A key to Washington's economic prosperity over the past 20 years has been a thriving employment sector for workers who have high levels of education in fields related to biological, physical, computer and health sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Washington has met the demands of its knowledge-driven economy by producing and attracting one of the best-educated workforces in the nation. A resulting bonus for the state economy during the recession has been that demand for highly educated workers has remained relatively stable. The author's research shows that while demand for workers in most educational levels has declined, demand for those with bachelor's degrees has actually continued to increase during the recession. There is cause for concern, however. This research brief suggests that Washington is at risk of losing its elite status as one the nation's most educated states. This has serious implications for the state's future efforts to attract knowledge-based enterprises and retain the ones already here. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board
Identifiers - Location: Washington