Economic recovery leaving behind those who did not go to college

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More than 95 percent of the jobs created in the economic recovery have gone to those with education beyond high school.

Across the country, 8.4 million jobs have gone to those with a bachelor’s degree or higher, while high school jobs only grew by 80,000, according to a recent report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown.

In Connecticut, more than 48,000 jobs have been created and gone to workers with at least a bachelor’s degree since 2009. Meanwhile, the number of employed workers who have only a high school diploma or less fell by 14,000.

These figures show that the gap is widening between the educational dividing line.

Workers with a high school diploma must get post-secondary degrees to compete effectively in growing, high-skill career fields.

For the first time, workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher make up a larger share of the workforce (36 percent) than those with a high school diploma or less (34 percent).

Occupational and industry shifts have been major drivers of change in the labor market.

Manufacturing still has 1 million fewer jobs than it did before the recession began, according to researchers.

Construction added 834,000 jobs during the recovery, but is still 1.6 million jobs short of its pre-recession employment. That’s the largest gap among all industries.

Workers with some post-secondary education now make up 65 percent of total employment. And bachelor’s degree holders now earn 57 percent of all wages.

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What do you think?

  • Maureen O’Neill Davis

    Employers are missing out on a lot of talent by limiting their hiring pools to college grads. The cost if education is too great for many, life experience can be more valuable than a degree and a creative, outside-the-box thinkers often bon’t complete a degree until much later in life and are often found to be highly valuable within many mid to upper level positions. Its a sad day for many when narrow viewpoints lead valuable people to fail to reach their full potential.

  • It’s why if you don’t have at least an associates degree, you don’t have a JOB.