LA County Workforce Snapshot and Trends

In the past few weeks, LAEDC‘s new Center for a Competitive Workforce published its inaugural report LA & Orange County Community Colleges: Powering Economic Opportunity and the Orange County Business Council released its annual Workforce Indicators Report for 2017-2018.  Together, these publications provide an updated snapshot of the workforce in…

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California State University Update

Just over a third of American adults have a four-year college degree, the highest level ever measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. In a report released earlier this year, the Census Bureau said 33.4 percent of Americans 25 or older said they had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher. That’s a sharp…

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Apprenticeships: Popular in Concept, Challenged in Implementation

There are few programs that receive as much widespread support and praise from policymakers as apprenticeship programs.  Red states and blue states alike back the concept of apprenticeship and 95% of employers that host apprentices highly rate the experience.  International studies suggest that for every dollar spent on an apprentice,…

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Smart Cities

What is a Smart City Technology has been the driving force of economies worldwide – but what about cities? Cities have to develop efficient operational models to provide services and infrastructure for their citizens; however, most services and infrastructure are built on a mixture of technologies that can span decades. Moreover, the rate at which cities have…

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Severe K-12 Teacher Shortage Projected if Current Trends Hold

After years of teacher layoffs due to budget cuts during the Great Recession, school districts across California are again on a hiring spree.  The pickup in demand, however, comes at a time when the pool of fully credentialed teachers is shrinking.  The mismatch between the need for more teachers and…

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Remediation Rates: The New Graduation Rate?

With graduation season upon us, rising graduation rates across California are again a prime topic for discussion.  Graduation rates have increased dramatically in LA County from 2010 to 2016, rising from 71% to 81% over the six year period.  LAUSD’s graduation rates rose even more significantly during that time, from…

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The Greatest Tax Increase in U.S. History

A recent ​L.A. Times ​business section article entitled Will Congress kill a $101-billion tax break for Californians? focused on a plan, by House Republican leaders called “A Better Way”, to axe the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a provision that allowed Californians to reduce their taxable income by $101 billion…

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