A Decade Of Change In Employment By Occupation Group

A decade of change in employment by occupation group

The table below displays changes in employment nationally by the minimum education requirement for occupations as calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor. Its the same database we wrote about in our exploration of the reality of good-paying jobs that do not require a four-year degree. What stands out are the first column and the total row. The total employment…

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Are Upper Middle Class Parents Destroying The American Dream For Everyone Else’s Kids?

Are upper middle class parents destroying the American Dream for everyone else’s kids?

America has always billed itself as a land of opportunity, where anyone with grit and a dream could succeed. Perhaps because my ancestors were slaves, I have always been aware of the American Dream’s invisible asterisk. In ways big and small, this country has always given spoken and unspoken preferences to some and thrown up visible and invisible roadblocks for…

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Accelerating An American Caste System

Accelerating an American caste system

Readers of our latest report know that we very much agree with Robert Putnam's framing, in his book Our Kids, of the basic economic division in American now being class, where class is increasingly defined by college attainment. That top quartile families––most with at least one adult with a four-year degree or more––are doing well economically. While way too many of…

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Where Do College-Educated Millennials Live–and What Should Michigan Do About It?

Where Do College-Educated Millennials Live–and What Should Michigan Do About It?

In Lou’s work with Michigan Future, he has argued for years—and argues again in our recent report—that Michigan needs to come to grips with the fact that a prosperous state economy isn’t driven anymore by lots of low-skilled manufacturing work, or even traditional business development. It’s driven by talent. The high-wage jobs and innovative companies that will define opportunities for…

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Inferior Education For Others’ Kids

Inferior education for others’ kids

Governor Snyder and State Superintendent Whiston recently announced a major initiative to emphasize occupational training in high school. At the same time the New York Times published an article on the efforts by  technology industry billionaires to make coding a foundation skill required for all K-12 students. Both are part of a broader effort by the business community and their…

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