Declining Blue-collar Employment 2006-2026

Declining blue-collar employment 2006-2026

The basic change in the economy we have been documenting for more than two decades is the transition from a factory-based to a knowledge-based economy. More broadly from a goods-producing to a service-providing economy. One where good-paying jobs are now concentrated in knowledge-based services. The new 2016-2026 employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a continuation of those…

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Occupations In Michigan: The Future Won’t Look Like The Past

Occupations in Michigan: The Future Won’t Look Like the Past

Two weeks ago on this blog, Lou wrote about some new job projections for 2016-2026 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS data show that job growth between now and 2026 is going to be clustered at either end of the education spectrum: 47 percent of job growth will be in jobs requiring a high school degree or less,…

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Coding Vs Foreign Languages; Snyder Vs Cuban

Coding vs foreign languages; Snyder vs Cuban

Crain's Detroit Business recently reported that Governor Snyder is going to propose that coding earn a foreign language credit in high schools. This would be part of a major initiative to push more Michigan high school and college students into computer science occupations. In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV technology entrepreneur Mark Cuban said: The people who are writing…

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An Attempt To Measure What Matters

An attempt to measure what matters

In our statewide education agenda released earlier this year, we call for a new set of foundation skills to be the focus of our education system. Based on the work of learning scientists Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff in their book Becoming Brilliant, we propose that the 6 Cs – collaboration, communication, content (moving from surface-level knowledge a deep…

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Only High School Required Dominates New Job Projections

Only high school required dominates new job projections

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) just released their job projections for 2016-2026. The Atlantic did a good overview article of the data entitled Why Nerds and Nurses are Taking Over the U.S. Economy. The BLS also did a summary analysis of the data. Both are worth checking out. What I want to focus on in this post is the…

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