Study: College grads needed – California at Risk Without More Educated Workers

California’s economy will falter unless the state boosts the number of workers with college degrees, according to a new economic study released Wednesday by the California Business Roundtable and the Campaign for College Opportunity.

The study looked at the future needs of the state’s economy and found that the demand for workers with a college degree will grow by 48 percent over the next 16 years. By contrast, the demand for those without a degree will grow by only 33 percent.

If these businesses can’t find workers to fill these specialized, knowledge-based jobs, they’ll move away, the study warns.

“Our whole economy depends on a relatively small but very important higher education component,” said lead researcher Robert Fountain.

By Lisa M. Krieger
Mercury News

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