Department Report Reveals Middle-Skill Occupations Comprise Majority of Jobs
For immediate release
November 18, 2009
WETHERSFIELD, A new
study from the Connecticut Department of Labor shows that “middle-skill
occupations” in the state – often thought to be on the verge of extinction –
comprise the majority of jobs in Connecticut and provide the foundation for a
robust middle class.
The report, prepared
by the agency’s Office of Research, reveals that 41 percent of the jobs in this
state require middle-skills, compared to 34 percent needing low skills and 25
percent needing high skills.
mistakenly believe that Connecticut’s economy is made up by what economists call
“a divided” labor market that contains few workers with middle skills,” noted
Mark Stankiewicz, Operations Coordinator in the Office of Research and one of
the authors of the report. “This divided labor market would be comprised of a
small number of high-skilled, high-paid workers, along with a much larger number
of low-skilled, low-paid workers.
“In reality, our
study shows that Connecticut is actually home to more than 400 middle-skill
occupations, with the majority commanding a middle-class income,“ Stankiewicz
said. “In those industries with strong concentrations of middle-skill jobs, most
notably construction, transportation and utilities, education and health
services, for example, wages continue to increase.”
The data contained in the
Connecticut’s Middle-Skill Jobs report clearly demonstrates that
are already well represented in the state’s economy, Stankiewicz points out, and
will continue to grow. In fact, it is projected that nearly four out of every 10
new and replacement openings will require middle-skills.
“Because the educational requirement for middle-skill
jobs is less than a bachelor degree, and therefore may include on-the-job
training or a transfer of skills from a prior occupation, these jobs provide
promising opportunities for workers looking to transition to a new career path,
yet with minimal work life interruption,” Stankiewicz said.
Copies of the Connecticut’s Middle-Skill Jobs report can be found under
Occasional Papers & Reports on the Department of Labor’s Office of Research Web site at
www.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi while questions regarding the report can be
directed to Stankiewicz at (860) 263-6256 or
Nancy Steffens (860)