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North Carolina faces an enormous “FutureWork” challenge as two big trends converge. Automation is changing or eliminating more and more jobs. Meanwhile, our state’s demography is shifting rapidly as we age, grow more diverse, and enroll more females than males in higher education. Together, these developments present substantial workforce development challenges – and opportunities. How successful we are in grappling with these issues will, in large part, determine the economic futures of communities across the state.

IEI commissioned research and convened state and local leaders from across the state to examine this challenge and recommend responsive strategies to position our communities for success. Below are links to this work:

The Challenge and Recommendations for Action: FutureWork Final Report


FutureWork Data and Analysis of the Challenge


IEI FutureWork Convenings


Engaging Youth on the Future of Work


Links to Other Resources on the Future of Work