November 24, 2017
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Maine’s workforce is getting better; how can we make sure it continues?

By Alexander Gross

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[/twocol_one_last] While labor force gains resulting from the growing attachment of older workers to the labor force are anticipated to more than offset losses stemming from other demographic changes, the slowly growing and aging workforce will be a problem as employers seek to replace experienced workers and expand their businesses.One means of accommodating reduced quantity is to improve the quality of the workforce (current and future) through education.

The Maine workforce is considerably more educated than it was twenty years ago, in response to not only the ongoing shift in demand toward occupations in the high end of the skill distribution, but also the higher level of skills needed in most occupations. Continued improvements in skill and education will enhance the productivity of the workforce and could offset, to some degree, the slow growth in the quantity of the workforce.


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