New Survey Finds Gap Between Skilled Workers and Job Requirements

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A new survey of U.S. business leaders shows what many job seekers have known for a while - that having a postsecondary education on a resume can be the best preparation for entering today's workforce.

The new report "Across the Great Divide" found a wide gap between skills, training and education and what a majority of companies are looking for when recruiting potential employees.

Key findings of the survey, released by Corporate Voices For Working Families and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, found that two-thirds of job openings within the next decade will require at least some postsecondary education, including two-year and four-year degrees.

The survey also found a high level of frustration by employers looking to hire qualified workers as the aging baby boomer generation begins to retire. More than half of the business leaders responded that they face major challenges in recruitment, despite the large number of Americans looking for jobs.

When it comes to having a college degree for career advancement, 79% said that having a growing number of candidates complete their postssecondary education will have an extremely positive impact on the U.S. economy.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with postsecondary degrees can earn an average of $1,000 more per week than those with some college education or less.

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