Dinita James Authors “Arizona Employers Forced to Take on Larger Role in Workforce Training”
Dinita James authored an article for the January 2016 edition of the Arizona Employment Law Letter entitled “Arizona Employers Forced to Take on Larger Role in Workforce Training.” In days gone by, Arizona firms seeking skilled workers were blessed with a relatively highly educated labor market. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 6.5% of Arizona’s working-age population—i.e., people between age 25 and 64— had college degrees in 1940, compared to only 4.5% of the total U.S. population with that credential. By 1980, Arizona’s and the nation’s share of workers with college degrees had equalized at about 18%. By 2010, however, Arizona was well behind the nation as a whole, with only 26.3% of working-age adults holding college degrees, compared with nearly 30% nationwide.