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30 July, 2019 | (01 hr)

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With a historically tight US labor market, employers must find ways to fill their open positions and deal with higher quits rates. 

As a result, companies are expanding their recruitment efforts by tapping further into demographic groups like minorities, older workers, people with disabilities, and individuals with lower education levels. Additionally, we find that in some blue-collar occupations where the share of women is typically very small, there has recently been a large increase in their numbers.

Join our researchers as they explore: 

  • In which occupations have companies lowered the entry requirements for job starters to increase the pool of available candidates;
  • How the share of women working in blue-collar professions has increased, especially in transportation and material moving occupations; and
  • The increased participation of those with disabilities, and how current labor shortages have caused the reverse of a decade-long trend for this particular demographic.

Who Should Attend: Executives, directors, and senior and mid-level managers responsible for Talent Acquisition, Human Capital Analytics, Strategic HR, or other functions related to attracting and retaining workers, as well as CHROs, Chief Talent Officers, and other C-suite members interested in this topic. 


Elizabeth Crofoot

Elizabeth Crofoot
Senior Economist, Labor Markets
The Conference Board

Elizabeth Crofoot is a Senior Economist at The Conference Board, where she researches labor market trends, authors the quarterly Global Consumer ...Full Bio

Frank Steemers

Frank Steemers
The Conference Board

Frank Steemers is an Economist at The Conference Board and his expertise is primarily in the analysis of the labor market in the US and other mature economies. Based in New York, he conducts statistical and descriptive analyses and contributes to labor market whitepapers, blogs, webcasts, and med...Full Bio

Gad Levanon, PhD

Gad Levanon, PhD (Moderator)
Vice President, Labor Markets
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon is Vice President, Labor Markets for The Conference Board, where he oversees the labor market, US forecasting, and Help Wanted OnLine© programs. His research focuses on trends in US and global labor markets, the US economy, and forecasting using economic ind...Full Bio

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