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Are You Ready For the Labor Market of the Future?

Publication Date: October 6, 2016

The workplace of the future may belong to women.

The shifting dynamics of the labor market are increasingly rewarding jobs that require social and analytical skills, as well as people with college degrees, according to a new study from Pew Research Center and the Markle Foundation, which analyzed government jobs data and surveyed more than 5,000 U.S. adults. Those changes are likely to increasingly reward women, who hold the majority of jobs where social and analytical skills are essential, the report said.

The findings underline the divide that’s currently expressed in the presidential election, with uneducated white men more likely to show support for Republican candidate Donald Trump, who has promised to bring back manufacturing jobs lost to China and Mexico. Two traditional male sectors — manufacturing and utilities — were the only two segments to show negative growth over the past 25 years, Pew’s analysis found. On top of that, wages for jobs that depend on physical skills grew at less than half the rate of those where analytical or social skills are required, it found.

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