According to a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, 36% of the workforce is college educated compared to 34% with a high school diploma or less. Wall Street Journal staffer Anna Louie Sussman reports on how college-educated workers have grown to dominate the workforce.
A big reason for this dominance is 73% of the jobs gained in the recovery went to those with bachelor's degrees or higher. Anthony Carnevale, the center’s director and one of the report’s authors, explain how even a pizza place may want more skilled laborers:
“If you’re running a pizza joint and you’re going to hire somebody…then you’re looking for a more highly skilled worker than you were looking for 20 or 25 years ago,” he said. Those employees might have to handle internet orders and operate a more complicated cash register system than in the past, he said. “It’s very clear there’s been some bumping effect,” he added.