The Education-Jobs “Mix-Match”

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The Education-Jobs “Mix-Match”

How Much Opportunity Is There for the College-Educated Workforce in America’s Metropolitan Areas?

Abstract

More people are going to college than ever, but do American job markets provide enough opportunity for people to use their education? This brief calculates the “mix-match” between the shares of people with postsecondary education and of jobs requiring it in 387 metropolitan areas. None of these areas has a higher share of jobs requiring “some college” than residents with that level of education. And 87 percent of metros have a similar labor market “mix-match” for people with at least a four-year degree. Next-generation economic development policies and partnerships with employers are necessary to ensure opportunity in local job markets.

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