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American Workers' Digital Skills: What the Data Tells Us - Shared screen with speaker view
Claire Gilliam
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
Thank you all for attending! Yes, slides will be e-mailed to all attendees tomorrow, along with a recording of today's webinar.
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
National Skills Coalition has also published a full-length report with the detailed data analysis that we previewed today. Visit our website to see the report - look under Publications on the right-hand side of the front page
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
Thank you Jennifer for your question. Unfortunately this data is not available by state. However, there are two possibilities: 1) There IS state-level data for *traditional literacy* gaps, which are closely correlated with digital skill gaps. We link to that state-level PIAAC data here: https://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/news/blog/new-data-spotlights-literacy-gaps-among-americans-at-the-state-and-local-level
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
(response to Jennifer cont'd): States can also contract with the IES at the US Department of Education to *collect* PIAAC digital skills data for their states. It would cost approximately $2.7 million and states would need to signal their interest by May 2021. More details in our Q&A later!
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
Hi Matt, thanks for your question about how occupational digital skill gaps overlap with those that are at risk of automation. We don't formally explore that in our report. However, our full report does cite a Brookings report that looks at exactly this issue. The Joint Center has also done extensive work on occupations that employ African-American workers and their risk for automation.
Federico Salas-Isnardi
The percentage of younger workers (16-34) with low or no digital skills is very concerning. What is the impact of limited accessibility on that particular group?
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock
If you want to delve deeper on the Racial Equity data that Dr. Park is presenting now, see our new fact sheet: Applying a Racial Equity Lens to Digital Literacy: https://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/resources/publications/file/Digital-Skills-Racial-Equity-Final.pdf
Dr. Bitnara Jasmine Park
Three points to remember from the data part: One, about 45 million US workers have limited or no digital skills. Two, digital skills gaps occur among all demographic groups. Three, workers with digital skill gaps DO want to upskill despite various challenges they may have.
Federico Salas-Isnardi
@Amanda. Isn't this precisely one of the problems? People with digital skill gaps have many skills -including foundational/transferable skills- but are unable to function in the current economy.
Catherine Middleton
Can you comment on the expected changes since the survey was done in 2014? the baseline for literacy has probably shifted upward, has the overall literacy base in the labor force increased too?
Krystallo Tziallila
Are there data for workers with disabilities in terms of the knowledge of digital skills?
Cristina Alaniz
When referring to immigrants as English learners, does this mean that this group has been identified through ESL training providers, and may have left out the immigrants who are not taking ESL. If that’s the case , do we have any insight on what would be the digital skills among non-english learning immigrants (assuming that their english language skills are great)?
@janetcwf Lane
A report we published late last year shows that a 1% increase in average literacy levels will increase productivity by 5% and GDP by 3%. https://cwf.ca/research/publications/what-now-opportunity-lost/
@janetcwf Lane
This was an international study - so that although I published in Canada - it will relate to the US too.
Dr. Bitnara Jasmine Park
US PIAAC Skills map: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/piaac/skillsmap/
Dr. Bitnara Jasmine Park
US 2017 PIAAC survey results: https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/piaac/current_results.asp
Caroline Treschitta
It's 3:00 PM, heads up!
Dr. Bitnara Jasmine Park
Report about U.S. adults who are not digitally literate and international comparison: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018161.pdf
Ann Savino
Thank you very much!
Cristina Alaniz
Thank you all for great insights and great work!
Krystallo Tziallila
Thank you for your time!