RI's College to Career Landscape

Essential Question:

How do the fields of study of recent URI, RIC, and CCRI graduates relate to their place in the state's employment landscape?

Aligning the workforce with jobs

Even as the U.S. economy continues to recover, the number of job seekers outpaces available jobs.* In Rhode Island, the unemployment rate is falling, but has not returned to a pre-recession level. Job growth remains a challenge.

Might RI's economy be bolstered if the knowledge and capabilities of our workforce were better-aligned with jobs? In this story, we examine an important part of this question. We review workers who recently graduated from URI, RIC, and CCRI, and the relationship of their areas of study to RI's current and future employment landscape.

*In December, 2014, the BLS reported 8.7 million unemployed people, but only 5 million job openings.

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