Workforce Currents

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Aligning Capital, Training, and Economic Mobility
Sameera Fazili
October 7, 2019
How can community development financial institutions and workforce development organizations work together to support economic mobility? This article explores a conference that discussed this and other topics.

Opportunity Occupations in the Southeast
Keith Wardrip, Kyle Fee, and Lisa Nelson
September 4, 2019
Do certain regional economies offer greater opportunities for adults who lack a bachelor’s degree? Learn about the authors’ findings on 10 southeastern metro areas.

Automation and the Future of Work
Stuart Andreason
March 27, 2019
Where you live or work could play a significant role in how you experience—or do not experience—technological change and disruption of the labor market. This post discusses a recent report on the topic.

Promising Workforce Development Approaches
Alexander Ruder, Mels de Zeeuw, and Ann Carpenter
January 30, 2019
The New York Fed hosted the Investing in America's Workforce book launch in November 2018, and participants on three panels discussed best practices in workforce development based on themes from each volume. This post features highlights from the sessions.

Early Childhood Education and the Economy
Tamilore Toyin-Adelaja
January 8, 2019
Programs to educate young children can increase future labor force productivity, lower societal costs, and lead to a more robust economy. This post discusses initiatives that support early childhood education.


Policies to Close the Southern Skills Gap
Stuart Andreason
July 3, 2018
Across the country there are not enough workers to fill middle-skills positions, which require training beyond high school. This article summarizes a recent report on how southern states are responding with new approaches to workforce development.

Hiring Difficulties across Industries and Location
Mels de Zeeuw
April 24, 2018
How are firms addressing hiring challenges like having too few applicants? This article examines recent survey data for the reasons behind firms' hiring difficulties and how they are responding.

Creating Opportunities for Young Workers
Stuart Andreason
March 28, 2018
Millennials are a diverse group that make up one-third of the workforce, but many lack education and are disengaged from the job market. This article discusses strategies to integrate millennials into the job market.

Racial Disparities in the Labor Market
Ashley Bozarth
February 28, 2018
What factors account for labor market disparities in wages, employment, and participation? This article delves into Federal Reserve and other research and explores policy proposals.

Career Pathways in a Changing Labor Market
Ashley Bozarth
January 31, 2018
What are the effects of automation and shifting labor demands on the future of work, particularly for middle-skill workers? Hear about researchers' findings in this article.


Opportunity Occupations: Well-Paying Jobs for Middle-Skill Workers
Mels de Zeeuw
November 8, 2017
What opportunities and decent-paying jobs exist for workers who don’t have a college degree? Workforce Currents gives an overview of recent Fed research on the topic.

Director's Welcome
Stuart Andreason
October 2, 2017
The new Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity will focus on employment and labor market issues. Director Stuart Andreason discusses the center's objectives in this post.