Sizing Up Massachusetts’ Looming Skilled-Worker Shortage

Published Date : June 22, 2022

In an extensive 2014 report with the UMass Donahue Institute, MassINC predicted the 2020’s would be the first decade in Massachusetts history to post a reduction in the state’s working-age, college-educated population. Drawing on the limited data available, this research brief explores how the COVID-19 pandemic disruption could impact our previous estimate. The analysis surfaces several patterns that indicate the decline in the state’s skilled labor force could be significantly sharper than the 2014 projection.

Meet The Authors

Ben Forman

Research Director, MassINC

Simone Ngongi-Lukula

Former Education Equity Fellow, MassINC

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