COVID-19 has caused profound changes in Washington’s labor market, presenting a new challenge for the state’s higher education system. In our latest report, Strategies for a Changing Labor Market: Reskilling and Upskilling for Career Advancement in the Post-COVID-19 Economy, we outline the hurdles faced, highlight currently available resources, and recommend strategies to help guide the state to a sustained and equitable recovery.
The difficulties of these unprecedented times are many:
The pandemic has triggered a deep recession in Washington, with a sharp rise in unemployment.
A significant percentage of jobs lost may never return.
African American and Latinx workers, young adults, and those without postsecondary education are being hit hardest by the COVID-19 recession.
Many workers will need to reskill for jobs in new industries focusing on jobs with growth potential.
The availability of seamless credential pathways is critical to helping them navigate this transition successfully.
The good news? Washington can address these challenges. Our report provides examples of well-coordinated credential pathways and a range of state strategies to help workers successfully navigate the recovery period. Explore the full report, and related resources, on our report website or via direct access through the links below.
Strategies for a Changing Labor Market: Reskilling and Upskilling for Career Advancement in the Post-COVID-19 Economy