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TALENT A region’s ability to provide a skilled workforce to meet the demands of industry in its economy

The Indicators

The Index

100 121

Raleigh Greenville

93

Lexington (KY)

93

Charleston

91

Greensboro

89

Tallahassee

88

Winston-Salem

88

Columbia

87

U.S. Average

6

+

STEM Degrees: Percentage of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering and math

+

Knowledge Workers: Percentage of population employed in knowledgeintensive (STEM) occupations

+

Educational Attainment: Percentage of population with: • Associate’s degree = • Bachelor’s degree or higher +

+

Global Talent: Percentage of population that is foreign-born

79

Augusta

2014 to 2016

GDP per Worker: Measures a regional workforce’s productivity to support robust industries

84

Knoxville

Change In Index Value

95

96

96 87

90 85

-9 points down from 2014 to 2016

2014

2016 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report

2015

2016

Year-over-year change + – =

= improved = worsened = no change

2016 Midlands Regional Competitiveness Report  

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