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There are more jobs available in Rochester for people with college degrees than unemployed workers who meet the requirement, according to a report from the Brookings Institution. People with only high school degrees will have less luck.

The report, called Education, Job Openings and Unemployment in Metropolitan America, highlights the gap between worker skills and jobs.

Here is an excerpt from Rochester’s profile:

How many job openings could the average unemployed worker apply for in 2011?

  • All education levels: 2.1 job openings
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 4.1
  • Associate’s degree or some college: 2.7
  • High school diploma or less: 2.5

Occupations with the most job openings January/February, 2012

  • Computer Occupations 2,456
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners 1,704
  • Information and Record Clerks 886
  • Engineers 844
  • Retail Sales Workers 810
  • Supervisors of Sales Workers 756
  • Motor Vehicle Operators 735
  • Other Management Occupations 694
  • Sales Representatives, Services 633
  • Metal Workers and Plastic Workers 570

The area ranks 6th in the country on the education gap index, the years of education required for a job opening divided by the average educational attainment of workers. Rochester is always touting its highly skilled workforce and it appears we are doing better than other parts of the country.

One of the study’s conclusion is “Metro areas with higher education gaps have experienced lower rates of job creation and job openings over the past two years.” That is a warning.

Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly thought the 6th ranking met “6th worst in country” in skills gap. It is the 6th best.

Links of the Day:

- This is terribly sad. A historic structure at High Falls has to be partially demolished to shore up the gorge wall.

- Sheldon Silver admits he was wrong to give a secret settlement to settle sex harassment claims against a powerful assemblyman.

- The New York State Fair attendance is way down. I don’t think it can blame the weather, which has been beautiful.

- A closed Buffalo hospital will become a veterinary school.

2 Responses to Rochester Skills Gap

  1. August 29, 2012 at 9:58 am lynn e responds:

    Rochester has a high per capital rate of college graduates but there isn’t a place where the majority has one. They would be worth nothing if we did. A diploma isn’t a degree.

  2. August 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    As proof from the correction, I never follow these types of reports due to the confusing philosophy.

    Ok. I admit. I’m confused.

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