Los Angeles Skills Gap Report
High-demand for middle-skill workers in the healthcare and global trade & logistics sectors
Unemployment remains high across the globe, yet recent data reveals that employers are having trouble finding workers in key sectors. As part of our five-year, $250 million New Skills at Work initiative, we are releasing a series of skills gap reports in nine metro areas in the United States, as well as in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. The reports focus on middle skills jobs — those that require a high-school degree and technical training, but not a BA diploma.
In June 2015, we released the Los Angeles Skills Gap Report, which shows that Los Angeles County has a highly diverse economy, providing a wide array of middle-skill jobs.
With over 4,750 square miles and more than 10 million people, Los Angeles County is the 19th largest economy in the world, and the top import/export hub in the US. It also has a highly diverse $600+ billion regional economy, with several industries fueling economic growth and a wide array of middle-skill jobs. In particular, the healthcare and global trade & logistics sectors are growing steadily, are massive in scale and offer significant employment opportunities.
As they grow, some of these industries struggle to fill key middle-skill positions and diversify their workforce—a dilemma that should create opportunities for Los Angeles residents, especially the region’s unemployed and underemployed individuals and people of color. Unfortunately, too many lack the education and skills employers need, leaving them on the sidelines of southern California’s changing economy
This report analyzes real-time data drawn from online job postings, traditional labor market information from government sources, and input from local employers to provide an overview of supply and demand for middle-skill jobs in Los Angeles County. It also offers concrete recommendations for developing a demand-driven career pathways system, replicating best practices, and creating a strong regional economy that works for everyone.
Learn more about the Skills Gap