The education-job gap

By 2025, 39 percent of jobs in California will require a college education, predicts a Public Policy Institute report. Many Californians won’t be prepared for health, biotech and information technology jobs, warns Mark Baldassare, PPI’s research director.

“The greatest challenge California is going to face . . . is having a sufficient college-educated work force for the 2020s,” he said.

. . . Meanwhile, “the group that is going to be the dominant population group . . . by the 2020s, Latinos, currently has the lowest college graduation rate of any racial or ethnic group,” he said.

A shortage of educated workers could drive business out of California, the report warns.

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  1. Missouri says:

    The link doesn’t lead to the story.

  2. Missouri says:

    Sorry, it must have been an error on my side. Now it reads properly.

  3. What will drive jobs out of California is oppressive taxation, restrictive environmental laws and outrageous property (home) costs. California is NOT business friendly.

    What kid out of college with $20K of school loans (or more) can afford to move to the bay area or Southern California for a high-tech job. With a three bedroom 956 square foot house built in 1926 going for $625K, who needs experts telling us jobs will move out of State? Sure, you can get something cheaper — if you don’t mind a three hour commute or bars on your windows.

    AK

  4. Mr. Davis says:

    Mr. Baldassare has it backwards. The biggest challenge California will face is an uneducated and unemployable work force. You can always import educated people, as California always has. It is hard to export uneducated people, unless you’re Mexico and have a stupid neighbor like California. California will lose its middle class and will be come a state of the extremes. That’s one reason I left, aside from losing my job.

  5. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    When the Leftist California Legislature is finally dethroned, California MAY have a chance to rebound from decades of political, economic, educational and social degradation. Useful Idiots, like Gil Cedillo, Fabian Nunez, Jackie Goldberg, Mark Leno, the entire City Councils of Los Angeles, Oakland and Berkeley, ad nauseum, have championed such wonderful policies as pouring billions of dollars into benefits for illegal aliens, bilingual education, and numerous wasteful pet projects over properly funding hospital ERs and infrastructure repairs. My street, in a suburb of L.A., hasn’t been repaired in almost 50 years! (Not just potholes; the asphalt has actually c r u m b l e d apart in most places. When I called the City Street Repair office, they said that there was no money to fund the repair of ‘local roads’.

    Aside from California politicians becoming fiscally responsible to taxpayers, the Federal government obviously needs to enforce our country’s borders….that will help the border states recover from three decades of huge numbers of the uneducated, unskilled underclass from further eroding our hospital care, public schools, police service, prisons, and other vital public services. Obviously both the Left and the Right have been guilty of encouraging illegal immigration–the Left wants to pander for votes, the Right wants endless cheap labor, which in turn, depresses everyone’s wages, not to mention creates a two-tiered have/have-not society. Goodbye to the middle class, if this trend continues….and the middle class is what has historically made America stable and great.

  6. “What kid out of college with $20K of school loans (or more) can afford to move to the bay area or Southern California for a high-tech job. With a three bedroom 956 square foot house built in 1926 going for $625K, who needs experts telling us jobs will move out of State? Sure, you can get something cheaper — if you don’t mind a three hour commute or bars on your windows”.

    The Kid can always rent floor space in a house like the illegals do.