N.H. ranks 15th for 'postsecondary intensity'
By 2018, 64 percent of New Hampshire jobs will require postsecondary education beyond high school, according to a report out of Georgetown University. The statistic places the Granite State 15th in the country in percentage of jobs requiring postsecondary education by 2018, just above the national average of 63 percent. The report, compiled by the Center on Education and the Workforce, ranked Washington D.C. highest at 71 percent and West Virginia lowest at 49 percent. Between 2008 and 2018, the study predicts 223,000 jobs will be created in New Hampshire, both from growing industries and openings due to retirement, of which 141,000 will be for people with postsecondary credentials, 67,000 for high school graduates and 15,000 for high school dropouts. In 2008, 433,000 jobs in New Hampshire required some college or higher. By 2018, that number will rise 12 percent to 486,000, according to the report.In New England, New Hampshire ranks third in "postsecondary intensity," behind Massachusetts at 68 percent and Connecticut at 65 percent, and ahead of Vermont at 62 percent, Rhode Island at 61 percent and Maine at 59 percent. New Hampshire also ranks seventh in the nation for percentage of jobs that will require a bachelor’s degree in 2018 and 45th for its percentage of jobs for high-school dropouts, the report findsBetween 2008 and 2018, the report predicts 22 million jobs requiring postsecondary education opening across the country, not all of which will be filled because of an estimated deficit of three million qualified workers. "America needs more workers with college degrees, certificates and industry certifications," said Anthony P. Carnevale, the center’s director. "If we don’t address this need now, millions of jobs could go offshore." -- KATHLEEN CALLAHAN/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW