Professional and Economic Development
Title: Can California Import Enough College Graduates to Meet Workforce Needs?
Author: Hans P. Johnson and Deborah Reed
California's labor market has changed dramatically over the past two decades because of rising demand for highly educated workers. Although economic projections for California indicate a continuation of this trend, projections of educational attainment for the future population strongly suggest a mismatch between the level of skills the population is likely to possess and the level of skills that will be needed to meet economic projections. PPIC's report, California 2025: Taking on the Future, highlighted this mismatch and in this issue of California Counts, we assess whether the state will be able to attract enough college graduates from other states and other countries to meet the projected economic demand.