Since June is celebrated as National Safety Month, we thought it would be interesting to consider safety in the context of the workforce. When we first think of occupations related to safety, we may consider workers such as law enforcement professionals, fire fighters, and EMTs—people whose job it is to respond to a specific and often anticipated threat.
Happy National Bike Month, everyone! Given that May is the month set aside to celebrate the joys of cycling, we thought we would explore what relationships there might be between the nation’s most bicycle-friendly regions and their economic and demographic characteristics.
For workforce developers, knowing which occupations are most in demand is an essential component for developing programs that meet the needs of their local labor markets. However, a particular occupation growing nationally doesn’t necessarily mean it is growing in every geographical market. In this article, we’ll consider the projected occupational growth demand in Pennsylvania compared with growth demand in the nation.
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Student loan defaults in the United States have been a growing problem. After reaching a historic low of 4.5% in 2003, student loan default rates have been trending upward, rising to 10.0% for the 2011 cohort.
Recently, we wrote about employment growth in manufacturing. Here, we look at manufacturing growth in terms of workers per establishment. Prior to the recession, the average number of workers per manufacturing establishment had been declining. During the recession, the decline accelerated before recovering somewhat and then plateauing at an average of about 36 workers per establishment in 2012. Most manufacturing sub-sectors (three-digit NAICS codes) followed the same general trend.
- Job Growth