Too few skills for some, too many skills for others: are future rural employment opportunities a poor match for the rural labor supply?

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Author: Eades, Daniel C.; Hughes, David W.


Researchers and practitioners are aware of the importance of the skills of the local workforce in attracting and developing businesses in a regional economy. There has been, however, relatively little applied research concerning the identification of labor skill gaps in rural areas. We seek to address this issue through a case study of the Upper Savannah Region of South Carolina (a seven-county nonmetropolitan area with a micropolitan core). We evaluate the quality of the local workforce (based on ACT WorkKeys test scores) and estimate skills gaps between available skill clusters and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Demographics; Skills and knowledge; Workforce development

Keywords: Educational level; Employment creation; Employment policy; Rural; Skill analysis; Skill sets; Skill upgrading; Employment projection

Geographic subjects: North America; United States

Published: Raleigh, North Carolina: Association for Career and Technical Education Research, 2017

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Journal volume: 42

Journal number: 2

Journal date: September 2017

Pages: pp. 79-101

ISSN: 1554-754X (print), 1554-7558 (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 132.428

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