A new report by the Central Valley/Mother Lode Center of Excellence finds there is a growing need in the region for middle-skill workers, with 99,880 annual openings projected for jobs requiring some education and training beyond high school, but less than a bachelor’s degree.
The “2021 Labor Market Overview: Central Valley/Mother Lode Region” report reveals that although there are nearly 100,000 middle-skill annual openings projected in the region, community colleges are only producing 22,000 students on average each year to fill those jobs. This represents a substantial undersupply of more than 77,600 workers.
The three sectors with the greatest potential shortage of workers in the region are:
- Health, an undersupply of 14,914 workers
- Business and entrepreneurship, an undersupply of 15,273 workers
- Energy, construction, and utilities, an undersupply of 7,363 workers
The report also identifies:
- Middle-skill occupations with the most annual openings in the region
- Entry-level and median wages for key middle-skill occupations
- Top skills requested by employers in job postings by sector
- Worker disparities in terms of reported race/ethnicity by sector
- The number of students receiving awards (degrees and certificates) by community college program