Economic Report: New Study Surveys Changes in American Jobs

Dr. Rick Harper associate vice president of research and economic opportunity.
Dr. Rick Harper, associate vice president of research and economic opportunity.

The Pew Research Center recently released a comprehensive study, “The State of American Jobs,” which examines 30 years of data to understand how economic change is affecting the workplace. In this week’s “Economic Report,” Dr. Rick Harper, who leads the University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity, spoke with WUWF 88.1-FM’s Sandra Averhart about what the study found about job growth as it relates to skill level.

“They found there was 83 percent job growth in occupations that require social skills. There were jobs that involved interpersonal communication, management skills and were mostly in education and health care. Jobs that required analytical skills grew at slightly less that pace at 77 percent,” Harper said. “Staying relatively flat were jobs that required primarily physical and manual skills – think of labor jobs falling in those classifications.”

To read or listen to the complete report, click here.