What level of edu­ca­tion is required to do your work, and what level do people have? Both workers and employers are adapt­able, and as long as the short­ages and skills gaps are not too dramatic—and the ones we have really aren’t—that adapt­ability means we can con­tinue to expand the economy,” says Michael Handel, a soci­ol­o­gist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity who focuses on work­force issues and is a con­sul­tant to the Orga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Coop­er­a­tion and Devel­op­ment, or OECD.

On the other hand, a new OECD report says that unem­ploy­ment in member coun­tries is three times higher among people without post­sec­ondary edu­ca­tions than for people with degrees, and that the dif­fer­ence in earn­ings between the highly edu­cated and the less well edu­cated has increased since 2008 from 75 per­cent to 90 percent.

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