Adult Education: Improving Rhode Island's Workforce

Essential Question:
What is Adult Education's role in helping Rhode Island's workforce compete more effectively?

This story examines the potential role of Adult Education in increasing the competitiveness of the workforce in RI, which continues to face one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.

A problem: RI is losing ground to out-of-state workers

The Providence Business News states that: "In the decade between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, the share of Rhode Island residents who work out of state has remained fairly constant, dropping from 14.3 percent in 2000 to 14.2 percent in 2010.

"However, the share of Rhode Island jobs held by out-of-state residents climbed nearly 2 percentage points over the same period, from 8.4 percent in 2000 to 10.3 percent in 2010."

What could be hampering the RI workforce's competitiveness for RI-based jobs? This story examines some issues underlying workforce development by looking through the data lens of the Rhode Island's Adult Education System.

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