North Carolina faces an enormous “FutureWork” challenge as two big trends converge. Automation is changing or eliminating more and more jobs. Meanwhile, our state’s demography is shifting rapidly as we age, grow more diverse, and enroll more females than males in higher education. Together, these developments present substantial workforce development challenges – and opportunities. How successful we are in grappling with these issues will, in large part, determine the economic futures of communities across the state.
IEI commissioned research and convened state and local leaders from across the state to examine this challenge and recommend responsive strategies to position our communities for success. Below are links to this work:
The Challenge and Recommendations for Action: FutureWork Final Report
- “Automation, Demographic Change and our 21st Century Workforce Development Imperative,” Institute for Emerging Issues.
FutureWork Data and Analysis of the Challenge
- The FutureWork Disruption Index for North Carolina
- North Carolina’s Future Job Market and Policy Responses, Michael Walden, Institute for Emerging Issues. 2015.
- “Occupational Change in North Carolina: Implications for Coping with Technological Unemployment,” Michael Walden, Institute for Emerging Issues. 2016.
- “How Important are Skills to Occupational Wages in North Carolina?,” NC Department of Commerce.
- “FutureWork Prosperity Tour Report,” Institute for Emerging Issues. 2017.
IEI FutureWork Convenings
Engaging Youth on the Future of Work