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Higher Education and Women in US – More likely than men to have earned a bachelor’s degree by age 31

Nearly 36 percent of women born in the years 1980–84 had earned a bachelor’s degree by age 31, compared with 28 percent of men. Among both women and men, 38 percent had attended some college or earned an associate degree by age 31. Twenty-four percent had earned a high school diploma or General Educational Development … Continue reading

Unauthorized Immigrants in US – Lower in 2016 than at any time since 2004

The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States was lower in 2016 than at any time since 2004. This decline is due mainly to a large drop in the number of new unauthorized immigrants, especially Mexicans, coming into the country. The origin countries of unauthorized immigrants also shifted during that time, with the … Continue reading

How Many People in the U.S. are Immigrants?

The U.S. foreign-born population reached a record 43.7 million in 2016. Since 1965, when U.S. immigration laws replaced a national quota system, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. has more than quadrupled. Immigrants today account for 13.5% of the U.S. population, nearly triple the share (4.7%) in 1970. However, today’s immigrant share remains … Continue reading

American Women Aged 25 to 54 and Career Break- 4.2 million were out of the labor force in 2017

With approximately 4 million baby boomers retiring every year, the unemployment rate down to 4.1%, and a growing economy, the US faces a projected period of increasing labor shortages, especially for experienced workers. Educated women (and men) below retirement age who are not in the labor force represent a source of underutilized talent and skills. Making … Continue reading

The Distribution of Household Income in US, 2015 – Average of $20,000 for the lowest quintile and $292,000 for the highest quintile

In 2015, household income was unevenly distributed: Households at the top of the income distribution received significantly more income than households at the bottom of the distribution. In 2015, average household income before accounting for means-tested transfers and federal taxes was $20,000 for the lowest quintile and $292,000 for the highest quintile. After transfers and … Continue reading

VET in Europe – 3 basic scenarios on its future role

‘Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming’, said David Bowie forty years ago. Jobs, labour markets and economies are rapidly changing: globalisation, technology and a growing services sector are both causes and symptoms. Ageing populations and dwindling youth cohorts, on the one hand, and labour migration, on the other, are affecting workforce composition. … Continue reading

South American Immigrants in US – Represent 7 percent (or 3.2 million) of the 44.5 million foreign born

Overall, South American immigrants represented 7 percent (or 3.2 million) of the 44.5 million foreign born in the United States in 2017—up from 1 percent in 1960. While their numbers have increased, South Americans remain well behind the rest of Latin America, with significantly larger immigrant populations in the United States from Mexico and Central … Continue reading

Upskilling for the Future – How SAP does it

SAP (a global software company based in Walldorf, Germany) digital-business-services (DBS) division, one of the main divisions in the company, with around 20,000 employees, began implementing a comprehensive workforce skills upgrade in 2017, to support shifts in its product portfolio toward more digital innovation and cloud products. The upgrade is a multiyear “learning strategy,” which … Continue reading

Newsroom Employees in US – More likely to be white and male

Newsroom employees are more likely to be white and male than U.S. workers overall. There are signs, though, of a turning tide: Younger newsroom employees show greater racial, ethnic and gender diversity than their older colleagues, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. More than three-quarters (77%) of newsroom employees … Continue reading

Humanities Ph.D.s in US – Too much supply chasing too little demand

The plain fact is that we train far more humanities Ph.D.s than there are jobs for. In a recent year, the American History Association reported about 340 tenure-track job openings for historians, plus maybe another hundred jobs outside history departments that might recruit a historian. In the same year, American universities minted about 1,150 new … Continue reading

Immigration in US – Some basic facts

In 2017 immigrants made up nearly 14 percent of the U.S. population, a sharp increase from historically low rates of the 1960s and 1970s, but a level commonly reached in the 19th century. Given native-born Americans’ relatively low birth rates, immigrants and their children now provide essentially all the net prime-age population growth in the United … Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence – Creating both fear and hope among workers

What will be the effects of artificial intelligence on the workplace? Our survey respondents expect AI will have a large impact on the skills employees will need on the job. At the same time, they remain cautiously optimistic about AI’s overall effect on the workforce. Another year of AI experimentation and learning has left opinions … Continue reading

Digital Workplace – Mathematics is inescapable

The mathematics discipline usually strikes fear into the hearts of most students and working-age adults in the U.S. A Google Scholar search of the terms “mathematics,” “students,” and “fear” returned 237,000 academic publications offering commentary on the subject; it is therefore not a stretch to assume that ‘math anxiety’ may be partially to blame for … Continue reading

Skills – What is the right role of employers according to Walmart’s chief sustainability officer ?

McKinsey: What is the right role of employers in making sure that the incumbent workforce can both meet current expectations and thrive in the future? Kathleen McLaughlin: I think that 10 or 15 years ago people might not even have understood what it meant to develop the skills of incumbent workers, or why that would … Continue reading

Learning a Foreign Language – 92% of European students, 20% of K-12 students in US

Students throughout the United States and Europe face many similar tasks throughout their education, from preparing for exams to writing papers. But there are glaring differences when it comes to foreign language education – or lack thereof – and the result is that far lower shares of American students study a foreign language. Learning a … Continue reading

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