Labor Force and Higher Ed Flux

A few good reads regarding the workforce and higher education. There’s a lot of change occurring in education and the workforce. It seems to me we’re watching, almost in real time, how the “great recession” is impacting the future of the workforce and higher education.

First, the gender gap in higher education – while women are earning more degrees than men, they’ve still reached pay equality.  I think the article provides some good analysis as to why but not sure I agree with all of it.

Next, this interesting article discussing the labor force from a generational context.  WonkBlog and Political Math discuss how younger workers are leaving the labor force while older ones are entering it. Via WonkBlog

“Namely, the labor force participation rate among young people aged 16 to 24 has plummeted much faster than that of other age groups, even as the participation rate among the oldest Americans has risen to record levels.”

Finally, we revisit the question of whether or not a college degree is worth the return on investment. I still think it is but the cost of higher education is certainly getting out of control.

Graphic via Political Math