Cleveland Workforce Ranks High

Cleveland’s young adult workforce ranks among the brightest in America

According to a new study released by Cleveland State University, Greater Cleveland ranks 8th in the nation for the skill level of its young adult workforce, ahead of Chicago, Seattle, Austin and Denver.

The study reports that 16 percent of workers between the ages of 25 and 34 held an advanced college degree in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2009.

Richey Piiparinen, director of the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University, attributes the brain gain to the allure of the region’s life sciences industry and its advanced manufacturing, as well as immigration. He says the trend bodes well for Cleveland’s transition to a smart economy.