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New report: Louisville making educational progress, still losing grads to other cities

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College graduates are often leaving Louisville to find jobs. Yet, some Louisville employers say they can't find skilled applicants for available positions.

This apparent contradiction is among several issues highlighted in the latest annual report from 55,000 Degrees, the nonprofit organization focusing on raising educational attainment in Jefferson County.

The report offers some theories as to why Louisville is still wrestling with brain-drain issues even as employers report openings for skilled workers: "Several issues could be at play, including: a mismatch between popular degrees among graduates and in demand professions in Louisville, a gap in years of experience needed along with education credentials, or less competitive wages from local businesses."

On the positive side, Louisville the latest U.S. Census data show Louisville has the highest percentage of working-age adults with a college degree in the community's history -- 41.3 percent, according to the report.

But the area's population is growing faster than predicted, so faster progress is needed if Louisville is to reach its educational attainment goals by 2020, according to the report.

Read the full report here: http://55000degrees.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/55K-PROGRESS-REPORT-2013-compressed.pdf

 

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