March 2012: A joint Issue Brief from the Job Opportunities Task Force and the Baltimore Integration Partnership
Over the past 50 years, changes in the labor market have put pressure on workers to attain at least some education or training beyond high school. Those who lack post-secondary training often struggle to find employment, and when they do, have limited opportunity to move beyond low-wage, entry-level positions.
This is particularly true in Baltimore, where many residents have either dropped out of high school, or completed and gone no further – and suffer from high unemployment and low wages as a result. Half of all city adults have no more than a high school credential. Among the lowest educated workers – those without a high school credential – more than 25 percent are unemployed, and many more do not participate in the labor force at all. Wages remain low for those who do work, with half of city earners taking home less than $33,000 per year. For those without a high school diploma, average wages come to about $20,000.
Given currently low levels of educational attainment and income among city workers and the evidence of effectiveness from adult training and education, the Baltimore Integration Partnership
commissioned the Job Opportunities Task Force to conduct a review of trends in public funding for adult education and workforce in Baltimore and Maryland and around the country and offer recommendations for local action. This brief is a product of that review.
For more information about this event and Investing in Baltimore’s Workforce: Leveraging Opportunity and Moving to Scale, contact Andrea Roethke at 410-234-8303.