Less-educated Americans desperate for work may not be finding a job online for one simple reason: The job they want isn't being posted there.
A new analysis of online job postings, released Wednesday by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, finds that most jobs for people with a college education are now posted online. But the researchers found that that wasn't true for jobs requiring less education.
"The elite labor market—the college BA-level labor market—is becoming national and accessible," said Anthony Carnevale, the center's director. "And the labor market below that level—where most of the action is in terms of change—is still a blur."
The analysis is good news for people who have a college degree and are looking for work. But for people with less education, it suggests there may be yet another barrier to landing a job in the tight job market.
It's always been true that people with less education are more likely to be unemployed, and the current market is no exception. The unemployment rate for college graduates was 3.4 percent in March, compared with 6.3 percent for people with a high school diploma and no further education.
Economists also say the job market for people without a college degree has been changing rapidly in recent years. Technology and automation have eliminated some well-paying jobs in factories and offices that didn't traditionally require advanced education, and many of those workers are finding that they need more advanced training to snag a new job with comparable pay.
"There are a lot of people whose skills just don't match the labor market anymore," Carnevale said.