Why Statistics?

Over the last few decades, the number of statistics programs in undergraduate higher education has continued to increase —shifting away from the earlier mindset that statistics courses are merely necessities for graduate studies pursuing other fields. Additionally, since its inception in the late 1990s, enrollment in AP (advanced placement) Statistics courses has been increasing more rapidly than for any other subject.

Occupational Demand: Pennsylvania Versus the Nation

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.

Exploring the Labor Market in Amazon HQ2 Finalist Cities.

A lot has already been said regarding Amazon and its search for a second headquarters (HQ2). Some argue HQ2 will bring a great benefit to the selected region, with Amazon saying they will invest over $5 billion and hire up to 50,000 employees for HQ2. Others have been more critical, arguing that the cost in the form of tax subsidies may not be worth the benefit gained. Additionally, there has been a lot of comparing the cities competing for HQ2, with front runners including Austin, Washington DC, and Denver, depending on which analysis you read.

Workers Per Establishment: Structural Shifts in Manufacturing

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.

Most Secure Jobs that Need Little Training

For jobs that typically don’t need a college degree, which are the most secure? Here we take a look at five popular ones (see chart below). Each of these are “secure” in the sense that they are jobs with very low unemployment rates. In addition, each of these jobs typically do not require a college award, plus they usually don’t require extensive training.