Issue #270 - December 2014
Employment, Higher Education, and Gender

Increasingly income levels and associated quality of life indicators are tied to educational attainment. Those with the most education are the most likely to be employed and to earn the highest incomes. Others with less education are the least likely to be employed, face higher unemployment rates and lower wages. These relationships apply to young and old, to men and women, to those of every race and ethnicity. The justice of these relationships is unclear but these relationships in U.S. society are pervasive and persistent. This issue of the PEO Newsletter explores trends in the changes in the types of industries, employment levels, education, and income differences by gender. The essay observes that the relationship between education and relative income levels has increased with the advent of the so called “human capital economy.” We also observe that while women continue to earn lower wages then men for every level of educational attainment that the decline of higher paying jobs in traditionally male industries that did not require postsecondary education has led to particularly high levels of difficulty for less educated males.   more
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(1/7/2015) Issue #269 - November 2014
Educational Performance of the United States — An International Perspective

This report summarizes international data on the educational performance and ranking of the 35 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The data for a variety of metrics indicates that the ranking of the United States among these countries is dropping, especially since about 2000, on those metrics where time-series data are available. Other countries have surpassed the educational performance of the United States on key measures of high school graduation and attainment, college enrollment, completion and attainment. In the global human capital economy that emerged around 2000, the absolute and relative educational performance of the United States portends economic challenges ahead. The lower than average educational performance of the United States may also help explain growing inequality of income, wealth, life expectancy and other measures of human welfare that are closely associated with education.
(1/30/2015) Higher Education Opportunity Data Books for all states have been updated.
(12/9/2014) Gender Data for Children
This spreadsheet summarizes data on the conditions of children in the areas of Population, Education, Education Related, Computer Use, International, Work, Health and Behavior/other.
(10/17/2014) Gross Domestic Product by Industry, 1963 to 2013
(10/17/2014) Agricultural Employment, 1990-2012
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