Brief Manufacturing and the Economic Position of Men without a College Degree
Stephen Rose
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This brief, the third in a series on manufacturing’s role in the US economy, explores the relationship between the declining share of manufacturing employment and the earnings of men without a four-year college degree. Examining employment for these men by industrial group and occupational cluster, I find that the share of men without four-year college degrees in manufacturing has declined dramatically between 1960 and 2015, and that manufacturing is no longer the leading provider of “good jobs” for men without college degrees.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Education Wealth and financial well-being Workforce
Tags Workforce development Workplace and industry studies Employment and income data Workers in low-wage jobs Labor force
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center
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