New England may see exodus of young talent, study warns

New England states will face a shortage of educated young workers if demographic trends continue, according to a study to be released today, a shift that could exacerbate business leaders’ worries about the region’s workforce.

The report, by scholars at the universities of Massachusetts and Connecticut, finds that each of those states stands to lose tens of thousands of young workers holding at least a bachelor’s degree by 2020, a period when the same critical workforce will grow in other regions.

“This new finding should heighten everyone’s concerns about the region’s long-term economic vitality," concludes the report, which was sponsored by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, a Quincy philanthropy that promotes access to colleges and universities.

By Ross Kerber, Globe Staff

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