Rural Workforce 2000: Skill Upgrading and the Rural Economy, 1970-2000

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Report seeks to address the importance of upgrading the skill levels of rural works to match the skill levels of available jobs. Author contends there need be a massive upgrading of the rural workforce as the U.S. transitions into a high skill economy.

Reports findings show that education, rather than upgrade an existing workforce’s skillsets, will make individuals more likely to migrate out of rural areas (paradoxical affect of helping rural people, but hindering rural communities). Author finds that in order to successfully improve education and maintain a high skilled workforce, communities need to generate the requisite demand for high skill workers.

Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group