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October 26, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Economists predict the rise of inequality and the end of retail

ECONOMY | The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its 10-year forecast for the future of the United States’ labor market. The predictions include an increase in jobs for healthcare workers as our population grows older, the decline of retail as online shopping grows, and the rise of inequality as a result of jobs typically associated with the middle class declining. (Atlantic, 10/26)

These 10-year-forecast reports—the products of two years’ work from about 25 economists at the BLS —document the government’s best assessment of the fastest and slowest growing jobs of the future. On the decline are automatable work, like typists, and occupations threatened by changing consumer behavior, like clothing store cashiers, as more people shop online.

The fastest-growing jobs through 2026 belong to what one might call the Three Cs: care, computers, and clean energy. No occupation is projected to add more workers than personal-care aides, who perform non-medical duties for older Americans, such as bathing and cooking. Along with home-health aides, these two occupations are projected to create 1.1 million new jobs in the next decade. Remarkably, that’s 10 percent of the total 11.5 million jobs that the BLS expects the economy to add. Clean-energy workers, like solar-panel installers and wind-turbine technicians, are the only occupations that are expected to double by 2026. Mathematicians and statisticians round out the top-10 list.

HOMELESSNESS | The “war on sitting,” a trend across the United States to remove benches from public spaces, is negatively impacting homeless individuals and older citizens. (Citylab, 10/20)

POVERTY | Wells Fargo co-hosted an event for the Faces of Loudoun campaign, which WRAG worked on with the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, to bring awareness to the challenges faced by low-income families in Loudoun County. (Loudoun Times, 10/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Timothy McCue, director of grant programs for Potomac Health Foundation, discussed his organization’s grantmaking strategy with Faith Mitchell, president of Grantmakers In Health, in GIH’s podcast series, “Fresh Perspectives: Voices from the Field“. (GIH, 7/31)

EDUCATION | As DACA winds down, 20,000 educators are in limbo (WaPo, 10/25)

PUBLIC SAFETY | The District’s new Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement will work with community members that live in under-invested wards to prevent violence. (WaPo, 10/25)

NONPROFITS | Asking What’s Next and Encouraging Offbeat Ideas: Essential Ingredients for Innovation (Chronicle, 10/3 – Subscription needed)


The Blair Witch Project celebrates 20 years with a special screening at the Library of Congress this weekend.

– Kendra

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