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1 Demographic Change And The “New Normal” Tom Gillaspy, State Demographer Mn Dept of Administration May 2011

2 U.S. Employment Is Not Expected to Return to Pre-Recession Levels Until 2013

3 January 2011 Marked The Beginning Of A New Demographic Era First Impacts Will Be Felt In The Workforce & Economic Growth The workforce is aging Retirements will increase sharply The number of new, young labor force entrants will decline The workforce will grow much more slowly Economic growth will depend increasingly on productivity growth

4 The Budget Forecast Has Improved, A Bit Budget forecast has improved— only $5 billion shortfall expected The change from November largely due to increased revenues from capital gains Increased capital gains revenue was due to December federal tax compromise

5 This decade And Next Will See Unprecedented Increases In Minnesota’s 65+ Population

6 Minnesota High School Graduates Will Decline About 5% Over The Next 5 Years State Demographer projections for the Office of Higher Education

7 From 2010 to 2020, The United States Will See Large Increases Age 50s and 60s Source: Census Bureau projections revised 2009 Numbers in thousands

8 Minnesota’s Labor Force Is Aging In 1990, the peak was 30; in 2009 it was , 2007 ACS, smoothed 3 year averages

9 Minnesota State Government Workforce Is Aging MSRS active employees

10 Labor Force Growth Is About To Slow Sharply

11 New Social Security Retirement Annuitants Social Security Administration, 12 month total of monthly new annuitants

12 Mean Age Of Persons Initially Awarded OASDI Benefits Declined Then Leveled SSA. Annual Statistical Supplement table 6.B5

13 Change In Minnesota Number of Retirees Based on Social Security OASI Retiree Rate & 2008/2009 ACS Labor Force Participation By Gender By Age & State Demographer Projections By Age/Gender By Year

14 For Many Occupations, Replacements Will Outnumber New Job Growth Projected Openings In Minnesota Occupations DEED projections. Percent of 2009 level

15 Some Other Considerations In The Labor Market More retirees and fewer younger workers should improve opportunities for job seekers But employers may respond in other ways 1. Increase focus on productivity gains, filling jobs on less than a one-for-one basis 2. Relocate jobs to other, more favorable labor markets 3. Recruit workers from other markets Alternative responses may be heightened with a growing skills mismatch.

16 What are some of the skills that modern manufacturers are looking for? Knowledge of mechanical and electrical engineering processes Ability to work with computerized systems Ability to read and write machine programming code Ability to read manufacturing blueprints Ability to operate automated manufacturing systems Understanding of hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems

17 Today, Manufacturers Need Workers With Technical Skills That Machines Cannot Adequately Perform Old Normal 1.Learning one or two specific technical roles 2.Physical strength & flexibility 3.Ability to follow fixed, unchanging procedures 4.General attention to production & safety procedures 5.Following orders 6.Operating, maintaining, designing machinery New Normal 1.Mechanical reasoning, logic, troubleshooting & spatial visualization 2.Personal flexibility, communication & cooperation 3.Initiative, persistence & independence 4.Attention to detail, self-control & dependability 5.Making independent decisions 6.Operating computers or comp machinery for a wide range of critical functions Source: Changes in the required skills and traits of manufacturing personnel from Pearson TalentLensPearson TalentLens

18 Overall US Economic Growth Slows As Labor Force Growth Slows US BEA, McKinsey Global Institute, We will need a 2.3% annual increase in productivity just to reach our 20 year average growth of 2.8%

19 Productivity Is Not Just Making Things Cheaper Productivity is also Making things better— Quality Examples; Increased high school graduation rate, making the best medical devices made in the world Making better things— Innovation Examples; cures for chronic diseases, develop new energy sources The pressure for disruptive innovation is increasing

20 One Response to Labor Demand Has Been Immigration Minnesota’s Foreign Born Labor Force Has Increased, Especially in Younger Ages 1990 Census, 2009 ACS, smoothed

21 The Old Normal + The Great Recession + Long Run Demographic Changes = The New Normal

22 The “New Normal” Probably Means Higher interest rates Slower economic growth Chronic government deficits & cuts in service Worries about how to pay for past promises Disruptive events/innovations more frequent A single-minded focus on productivity A whole new set of opportunities

23 Creative Destruction/Disruptive Innovation Will Occur Forces for change are heightened during periods of economic stress Wholesale program changes will happen Disruptive changes are not evolutionary Some game changers will occur There will be short term losers as well as winners A set of new opportunities are revealed

24 “I skate to where the puck will be, not to where it has been.” Wayne Gretzky Famous Canadian Philosopher


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