Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

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4:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Kentucky Jobs Forecast Shows Labor Shortage

Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce did a nationwide forecast for job creation for 2010 to 2020, and found Kentucky should do pretty well.

Kentucky could expect 15 percent in overall job growth, from 1.8 million jobs in 2010 to 2.1 million in 2020. Researchers say these numbers depend on relative economic calm — basically no crippling depressions or recessions.

Within seven years, Kentucky will have a serious shortage in skilled labor. The report says nearly two-thirds of the state's workers will need something more than a high school diploma.   However, co-author Nicole Smith says the current workforce has just over half of the skills needed.

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