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Educated Workforce Series: New Report on Youth Employment and Economic Mobility

The Metro Atlanta Chamber is pleased to host the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program to unveil a new set of national reports.

With an ever-increasing demand for a skilled workforce, the Brookings Institution has compiled data on a key demographic - young people with significant barriers to employment and job mobility. Join MAC and our partners for lunch as we review the findings of these reports, and you will have an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our researchers from Brookings. 

Agenda:

Registration & Lunch Opens 11:00 - 11:30AM
Presentation by Brookings Researchers Martha Ross & Chad Shearer
Audience Q&A and Facilitated Discussion

Context

Disparities in access to employment are wide: only 54 percent of high school graduates are in jobs, versus 73 percent of college graduates. Despite the American promise of equal opportunity for all, a majority of children born into poor families over the last few decades have remained low-income as adults, particularly African-Americans, those with less education, and those who live in poor communities.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program (Brookings Metro) is conducting two research projects to inform civic, philanthropic, government and business leaders on how to connect more of their populations, especially younger adults, to skills and jobs that help build a stronger middle class.

Research

Youth Employment

Only 49 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds are engaged in work today, down from 53 percent before the Great Recession. This suggests that young adults are best positioned in the labor market when they have both post-secondary credentials and work experience. In the next year, Ross will partner with the research organization ChildTrends to co-publish a paper examining the kinds of educational and work experiences in late adolescence and early adulthood that lead to labor market success by age 29, emphasizing the experiences most relevant to disadvantaged and low-income young people.

Mobility for Workers

Workers without a four-year college degree, representing the majority of the U.S. labor force, face significant hurdles in achieving mobility. To support them, cities and metros must grow the number of good jobs in their regional economies. In a new research project, Brookings Metro would provide evidence and practical insights to help foster the growth of good jobs and ensure that people gain the skills and experience to access them.

Brookings Metro would develop analytics for the nation’s 100 largest metro areas and model region-specific analysis of the likelihood that a worker without a four-year college degree will achieve upward mobility through career and earnings transitions. This analysis can, in turn, inform critical local strategies such as industry cluster development, sector-based workforce training and post-secondary educational initiatives for incumbent workers.

More Information:

Tim Cairl

tcairl@macoc.com

Event Details

  • August 14, 2018

    Tuesday

  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Metro Atlanta Chamber

    191 Peachtree Street NE

    Suite 3400

    Atlanta, GA 30303

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