Beyond Shovel-Ready: The Extent and Impact of U.S. Infrastructure Jobs

Source: Joseph Kane and Robert Puentes, Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program, May 2014

From the summary:
An analysis of occupational employment data for the United States reveals that:
– In 2012, 14.2 million workers were employed in infrastructure jobs across the country, accounting for 11 percent of national employment. ….
– Infrastructure occupations tend to offer more equitable wages compared to all occupations nationally, paying over 30 percent more to workers at lower ends of the income scale. ….
– More than 80 percent of workers employed in infrastructure occupations typically have short- to long- term on-the-job training, but only 12 percent hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and generally need less education to qualify for these jobs. ….
– Infrastructure occupations are projected to increase 9.1 percent during the next decade, including the need to replace more than 2.7 million workers. ….

…This report sheds new light on the widespread contributions that infrastructure jobs make to the nation’s economy, including their importance at the metropolitan level. Since many of these jobs offer more equitable wages, require less formal education for entry, and are projected to grow over the next decade, they represent a key area of consideration for policymakers aiming to address the country’s ongoing infrastructure and jobs deficit….