The Recession: 10 Years Later

Although the Great Recession seems like the recent past, this month marks its 10 year anniversary. Pew Research Center, a bipartisan think tank, recently examined five ways that the Recession has affected the U.S. Workforce (access the full report and graphics here).

  1. The labor force has shrunk- in December 2007, 66% of citizens over the age of 16 were working or looking for work, while only 62.7% of citizens were working in October 2017. Factors contributing to this decrease include the retirement of baby boomers, potential employees staying in school rather than joining the workforce, and a decreased demand for less-skilled workers.
  2. The labor force is getting more diverse- in December 2007, 65.3% of the workforce were non-Hispanic whites, which decreased to 60% as of October 2017.
  3. The labor force is getting older- in December 2007 citizens ages 55 and older comprised 17.6% of the labor force compared to 22.8% today. This is the only group whose workforce participation has increased.
  4. Unemployment lasts longer- in December 2007, 9.1% of unemployed people had been looking for work for over a year, compared to 16.5% in October 2017.
  5. Employment within service industries continues to increase- nearly 84% “of all private-sector nonfarm jobs are classified as service-providing, up from 81.1% a decade ago.” Conversely, jobs in the “goods-producing sectors” (manufacturing, construction, mining) decreased slightly from 18.9% in December 2007 to 16.1% last month.

What skills are going to be the most valuable to workers in 2018? A Pew Research Analysis looking back over the past few decades found that industry sectors with the highest growth are looking for employees with strong analytical, social, and technical skills.

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