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This Month's Featured Links

As we celebrate Labor Day, this month's featured links look at the future of the U.S. labor market.

Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality

The aim of this February 2018 report by Bain's Macro Trends Group is to detail how the impact of aging populations, the adoption of new automation technologies, and rising inequality will likely combine to give rise to new business risks and opportunities.

Towards a Reskilling Revolution

This January 2018 report from the World Economic Forum “provides a valuable new tool that will help individual workers, companies, and governments to prioritize their actions and investments.”

Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting - and Staying - Employed Over the Next 10 Years

Work is changing due to automation and AI, but it’s not going away. Based on the major macroeconomic, political, demographic, societal, cultural, business and technology trends observable today, this 2017 report proposes 21 new jobs that will emerge over the next 10 years and will become cornerstones of the future of work.

Don't predict the future of work; prepare for it

Imagine telling a farmer in 1900, that the number of people working in agriculture in the U.S. would decrease from 40 percent to 2 percent in the next 100 years. Professor David Autor posed this hypothetical scenario during a TED talk in 2016. What kind of jobs are those people going to do? Will there be enough food? This April 2018 article says the future of work is preparing people to work under ambiguity, be agile, and use technology to augment rather than replace.

 


Links updated September 2018

 

Economic Systems Profiles

13 ecosystem reports from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce that contain specific data, including: age/sex comparisons, significant minority populations (when necessary), education gap for jobs, educational centers in the ecosystem, commuting patterns, employment numbers, wage data, and significant industry data.

Oklahoma Employer Data

Oklahoma Department of Commerce data about Fortune 500 companies, new growth and expansions, the state’s largest employers, and foreign-owned companies.

Labor Market Statistics—Publications

Special reports, state rankings, and other publications of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

NASWA Workforce Links

Links to Department of Labor sites, legislative and other federal sites, and national associations/organizations, from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

Added September 2018 - This 2018 publication of the RAND Corporation found several potentially successful methods to incentivize employers to hire ex-offenders.

Added September 2018 - The Blueprint for the 21st Century, or Jobs Blueprint, proposes a series of initiatives aimed at addressing serious economic problems that the market has failed to: the insufficient demand for the labor of workers without four-year college degrees, the stagnation of wages and decline of bargaining power of those workers, and the insufficient physical and human capital investments that America needs as a 21st century economy.

Added September 2018 - Getting an accurate reading on how rapidly the gig economy is evolving in the U.S. is difficult, but essential. The size of the gig economy reveals a lot about the forces affecting the welfare of American workers. In particular, understanding the difference between who chooses to be a gig worker and who is forced to work multiple jobs with no benefits out of necessity will help labor market experts (and employers) design policies for improving job quality and job security while maintaining flexibility. July 2018.

Added September 2018 - A July 2018 whitepaper from Cognizant that discusses strategic imperatives and recommendations to established retailers seeking to convert challenge into opportunity amid growing concern that they should merely concede victory to digitally-native companies.

Added September 2018 - This 2018 report from Infosys investigate the use of digital technologies and key trends in nine industries and covers digital technology adoption, the promised land of digital technology use and the hurdles organizations face to get there, and the biggest disruptive digital trends within the next three years and why organizations see them as vital to future success.

Added September 2018 - This July 2018 report examines the size and characteristics of the immigrant workforce and explores key strategies that organizations in three cities are using to support training this population.

Highly digital jobs are less likely to be automated

This June 2018 report shows that In sum, workers with superior digital skills tend not only to earn higher wages, but they also appear less exposed to automation-driven displacement.

The Future of Banking

A June, 2018 collection of articles on key topics in the future of banking.

Privacy in the Age of the Algorithm

Added September 2018 - This May 2018 report from Cognizant shows how business leaders, futurists and policymakers can deliver superior, more ethical results by destroying the “dark side” of data privacy in the digital age.

Don't predict the future of work; prepare for it

Added September 2018 - Imagine telling a farmer in 1900, that the number of people working in agriculture in the U.S. would decrease from 40 percent to 2 percent in the next 100 years. Professor David Autor posed this hypothetical scenario during a TED talk in 2016. What kind of jobs are those people going to do? Will there be enough food? This April 2018 article says the future of work is preparing people to work under ambiguity, be agile, and use technology to augment rather than replace.

Smart Home Infographic

How the smart home will develop by 2022, from April 2018.

Management Tools & Trends

This April 2018 brief discusses top management trends.

Three Decades of Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture

A March 2018 report of the USDA Economic Research Service.

Demographic Turning Points for the United States: Population Projections for 2020 to 2060

This March 2018 report discusses projected changes in the U.S. population and sum­marizes results from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections.

U.S. Manufacturing in International Perspective

A February 2018 report of the Congressional Research Service.

Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality

The aim of this February 2018 report by Bain's Macro Trends Group is to detail how the impact of aging populations, the adoption of new automation technologies, and rising inequality will likely combine to give rise to new business risks and opportunities.

Workforce of the future: The competing forces shaping 2030

We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and 'thinking machines' are replacing human tasks, changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. But what will the future look like? This 2018 study looks at four possible Worlds of Work for 2030 to help you kick-start your thinking.

Towards a Reskilling Revolution

This January 2018 report from the World Economic Forum “provides a valuable new tool that will help individual workers, companies, and governments to prioritize their actions and investments.”

A 2018 infographic from Oracle.

A report from January, 2018 examines the likely role of 3D printing in the future of the construction industry.

Digitalization and the American Workforce

A November 2017 report of the Brookings Institution that “presents a detailed analysis of changes in the digital content of 545 occupations covering 90 percent of the U.S. workforce in all industries since 2001. The analysis categorizes U.S. occupations into jobs that require high, medium or low digital skills and tracks the impacts of rapid change.”

The U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce: Recent, Current, and Projected Employment, Wages, and Unemployment

A November 2017 report of the Congressional Research Service.

Selected Charts from Ag and Food Statistics

This collection of 34 charts and maps presents examples of key statistics on the farm sector, food spending and prices, food security, rural communities, agricultural production and trade, the interaction of agriculture and natural resources, and more, from October 2017.

Shifting Times: The Evolution of the American Workplace

From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Fourth Quarter 2017: “In this article, we explore…shifts in the American labor force and workplace. We show that the identity, education and occupations of the average American worker have all been changing. We also show that there are big changes in who does what, especially in the higher-skilled and higher-paying occupations.”

This September 2017 report from Burning Glass Technologies addresses the digital skills employers demand from workers, and how to close the digital skills gap.

Innovation in the Rural Nonfarm Economy: Its Effect on Job and Earnings Growth, 2010-2014

A September 2017 report of the USDA Economic Research Service.

The Soft Skills Job Seekers Need Now

This research uncovers the specific types of soft skills employers are looking for, how they evaluate these kinds of skills in a potential employee and how your soft skills affect your ability to advance your career. August 2017.

Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings

A geographic assessment for aerospace manufacturing investment from PricewaterhouseCoopers, August 2017.

The Next Era of Human|Machine Partnerships

Dell Technologies partnered with Institute for the Future to explore the emerging technologies shaping the future of the human experience over the next decade, and the specific impacts and implications they will have on society and work. July, 2017.

In this 2017 report from the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, the authors seek to help policymakers develop strategies to meet workforce challenges. They examine research findings on strengthening skills development through various types of career and technical education, and strategies to increase access to this type of programming.

Military Spouses in the Workplace

This June 2017 report presents findings from a Hiring Our Heroes survey of spouses of active duty military service members and recent veterans.

The great re-make: Manufacturing for modern times

What does “great” operational excellence look like and how do we get there? A June 2017 compendium of articles from McKinsey & Company.

21st Century U.S. Energy Sources: A Primer

A May 2017 report of the Congressional Research Service.

Job Creation in the Manufacturing Revival

A May 2017 report of the Congressional Research Service.

The Rising Economic Power of Quality: How Quality Ensures Growth and Enhances Profitability

Quality may be the essential ingredient that transforms today’s uncertainty into profitability. Entire industries are being disrupted. Rapid time to market is critical to competitiveness, and there is enormous pressure to design, build and ship products at blazing speeds. Thriving in this era of change requires infusing quality thinking into every process across every part of the enterprise. Organizations succeeding in their markets have learned to deliver world-class quality. They harness the enormous economic potential of quality management to attain leadership of their respective markets. May 2017.

Jobs of the Future: A Guide to Getting - and Staying - Employed Over the Next 10 Years

Work is changing due to automation and AI, but it’s not going away. Based on the major macroeconomic, political, demographic, societal, cultural, business and technology trends observable today, this 2017 report proposes 21 new jobs that will emerge over the next 10 years and will become cornerstones of the future of work.

Drones Go to Work

Companies have only scratched the surface of what airborne drones can do. Over the next two decades, businesses will put industrial drones to work monitoring facilities, tracking shipments, and, perhaps even delivering groceries to your doorstep. Now is the time for companies to learn about drone capabilities and start building drone strategies.

Robots and Jobs: Evidence from U.S. Labor Markets

A March 2017 working paper of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The AI Paradox: How Robots Will Make Work More Human

Cisco teamed with Oxford Economics to examine the impact technology will have on the labor market as existing job tasks are automated. By modeling the shifts in the nature of work across 800+ jobs, they were able to determine which industries are most vulnerable to automation and where new employment  opportunities will arise. From January 2017.

Developing a Skilled Workforce for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

A 2017 report from the RAND Corporation.

Lessons from the Frontlines of the Agtech Revolution

Quietly, and to a surprising degree, new technologies are revolutionizing agriculture. This October 2016 report discusses a study of technological advancements and the prospect that they will lead to the next green revolution have promoted a wave of startup activity in agriculture technology (agtech).

The Art and Science of Shipping: How the Increasingly Complex World of Shipping Is Being Simplified

In this April 2016 report, Forbes Insights outlines a series of common shipping sender and receiver profiles, as identified by Pitney Bowes, along with real-world examples of how both the art and the science of shipping has introduced simplicity into their lives.

What Does the Gig Economy Mean for Workers?

A February 2016 report of the Congressional Research Service.

Future Skills: Update + Literature Review

Amid reports of robotic factories and algorithmic assistants replacing humans on the job, what will work or jobs look like in the future? Coupled with the changing landscape where working, learning, and living are merging, what skills will we need to be successful and productive contributors to society? This is the 2016 update of the original 2011 report.

Blurring Lines: How Business and Technology Skills Are Merging to Create High Opportunity Hybrid Jobs

This 2015 report co-authored by General Assembly and Burning Glass Technologies discusses a new kind of hybrid job blending technology with marketing.

3D Printing: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Implications of Additive Manufacturing

A June 2015 report of the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Industry 4.0: The Future of Productivity and Growth in Manufacturing Industries

Technological advances have driven dramatic increases in industrial productivity since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Now we are in the midst of a fourth wave of technological advancement: the rise of new digital industrial technology known as Industry 4.0. This April 2015 report describes the nine technology trends that are the building blocks of Industry 4.0 and explores their potential technical and economic benefits for manufacturers and production equipment suppliers.

Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits

An April 2015 report of the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Current and Future Availability of Aviation Engineering and Maintenance Professionals

A February 2014 report of the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Seeds of Disruption: How Technology is Remaking the Future of Food

In 2013, IFTF’s food futures research program undertook a yearlong exploration into the ways that emerging technologies and sciences are reshaping the global food web.

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