The gap between how well states prepare and equip their work force and what is demanded in a highly dynamic, technologically advanced and globally structured 21st century economy is growing.  Yet while the gap exists and is recognized, there is neither clarity nor agreement on its nature or how to gauge its dynamics. How well a state prepares and equips its workers will determine its economic future.

According to a new CSG report, stimulus-funded green jobs topped 51,700 in the sixth and final quarter of the Recovery Act. The report updates past CSG green job reports, the first, released in December 2009, which found that roughly 13,000 green jobs were created or saved in the first quarter of the Recovery Act.

Proposals to transfer business-recruitment functions to private entities have advanced in three Midwestern states. Governors in Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin have led the charge in hopes of making these agencies more responsive to the businesses they serve.

E-Newsletter #57, October 14, 2010

Washingtonians looking for a career path can find everything they need to know on the bridge.

The Washington Career Bridge website, that is.

The website—one of eight national winners of The Council of State Governments Innovations Awards—combines all the information about eligible training providers, average earnings and employment outlook for any career choice. Users can get information on future...

It’s a slim labor market out there. With overall unemployment rates hovering around 9 percent, it’s getting harder for teens to find jobs. The latest teenage unemployment rate is 25.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means more than a quarter of teens who want a job can’t find one.

This session focused on how states can grow their energy economy and thereby spur job creation. Participants engaged in a discussion with nationally recognized experts and learned the potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency to generate jobs and savings as well as what they can do at the state level to create jobs. Panelists also shared programs their states have initiated in an effort to promote energy efficiency and enhance the economy.

According to a study by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the key to states’ success in economic development is no longer just the traditional packages of tax breaks, incentives and infrastructure, but the knowledge assets they possess in the form of their educational institutions.  Economists term this “the knowledge economy” and most successful businesses will be those that depend on research, new ideas, technology and upgraded skills of their work force.

On May 21, at the CSG 2010 Economic Summit of the States, Janet Joseph, Vice President for Technology and Strategic Planning at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, made a presentation on economic opportunities in the new energy economy.

According to a new CSG report, stimulus-funded green jobs grew by 70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. CSG’s original report, released in December, found roughly 13,000 green jobs were created or saved from when the Recovery Act was enacted to Sept. 30, 2009.

State eNews Issue #39 | February 3, 2010


President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, with its strong jobs and middle-class families themes, seemed to echo the famous Clinton campaign war room posting, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

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