This report examines the potential mismatch between the supply of and demand for skilled labor in New England. It explores changes in the balance between labor supply and labor demand at multiple skill levels across the New England region and the nation and examines both historical trends as well as future projections in the supply of and demand for skilled labor.
The evidence indicates that, although New England currently has many more workers seeking employment than there are job opportunities, the supply of skilled workers is not likely to keep pace with demand over the next two decades. Although these trends are not unique to the region, New England will likely face even greater challenges in maintaining an adequate supply of skilled workers compared to the nation—particularly for “middle-skill” jobs. The report concludes with a discussion of the role that public policy could play in addressing this challenge.This report comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and can be found in the full PDF format at this link: http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/neppc/researchreports/2010/rr1002.htm