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Public Policy Center Newsletter - May 2018

Establishing a durable link between education and business isn’t easy, but the long-term health of the US economy may depend on it.

Some 3.5 million high school seniors are about to graduate as the school year comes to an end. For those who plan on working right away, 2018’s tight job market means numerous openings await them—especially in the service sector. Business leaders understand that most new graduates won’t arrive already equipped with the technical skills needed for these jobs. But what about the “soft skills”—patience, teamwork, perseverance, communication—necessary for success in any field?

According to a new study from the Committee for Economic Development, employers face a serious soft-skills deficit among high school graduates. In focus groups conducted throughout the country, both parents and employers shared this concern. While addressing this gap may seem hard for employers, it’s critical they become involved given the reality of ongoing labor shortages. 

Follow the links below for recommendations on how to engage on the education front, along with more policy and economic insights from CED’s latest work.

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