The Middle-Skills Gap: Ensuring an Adequate Supply of Skilled Labor in Northern and Southern New England

New England Public Policy Center Policy Brief 11-1
by Julia Dennett and Alicia Sasser Modestino

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Recent evidence suggests that a mismatch between the skills demanded by employers and the skills supplied by the population may be underway, particularly for “middle-skill” workers who possess some college education or an associate’s degree. This policy brief examines the middle-skill mismatch in New England, comparing recent labor market trends and future projections for the northern versus southern subregions.  The analysis finds that the nature of the mismatch varies within the region, indicating that policymakers should tailor their potential responses as opposed to taking a uniform approach. 

This policy brief expands on the Center's 2010 research report: Mismatch in the Labor Market: Measuring the Supply of and Demand for Skilled Labor in New England.

To review other Center research about regional labor market trends and demographics, please visit our research index.