Nearly all the jobs created since the Great Recession have gone to workers with some college education, according to America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots by Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
Managerial and professional workers are doing well. Workers with a high school diploma or less, such as clerical and blue-collar workers, are struggling to find work.
Production industries, such as manufacturing, construction and natural resources, employed nearly half of the workforce in 1947; that’s fallen to 19 percent in 2016.
Now, nearly half the workforce is in healthcare, business, financial, education and government services, which primarily employ managerial and professional workers with college degrees.
In 2016, for the first time, workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher are a larger proportion of the workforce (36 percent) than those with a high school diploma or less (34 percent), the report noted. Thirty percent are “middle-skill” workers with more than a high school diploma — often a vocational certificate — but less than a bachelor’s degree.
Explaining why a Texas gas station chain pays workers well while competitors do not, Kevin D. Williamson includes a fun fact: “The median salary for a women’s-studies professor is more than a hundred grand a year. The average hourly earnings for a graduate with a women’s-studies degree? Eleven bucks an hour, well less than you’d make working the car wash at Buc-ee’s.”