Monday, August 18, 2014

Greater Cleveland ranks 8th in nation for educated young workforce

A few weeks ago, we pointed out the growth of the college-educated young adult workforce in the Greater Cleveland area. Now, more news hits the press: a new study reveals that Cleveland rank 8th nationally in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds in the labor force with a graduate or professional degree.

The final ranks are as follows:
1. Washington, D.C.
2. Boston
3. Pittsburgh
4. San Jose
5. New York
6. San Francisco
7. Baltimore
8. Cleveland

That's right, we beat out Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia and Austin.

As the fans will note, this blog's perennial anti-Columbus stance will be vindicated by this report: notable is the precipitous drop in Columbus' rank among the proportion of college grads when controlling for recent grads (by only examining the 25-34 cohort). In fact, if you don't count the throngs of non-working students living in Columbus, there is a larger population living in Cleveland.

According to the article, we're trending to become the "next Pittsburgh." Although I have no intention of developing an Appalachian accent, nor repealing our indoor smoking ban, one has to give the hill city credit for good governance and responsible county reforms which have served as the blueprint for our new Cuyahoga County executive. I have no doubt that their tackling of corruption has hastened their turnaround.

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