Return on Knowledge in the Southeast Service Area - Local Insights article
Benjamin Franklin once said, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return.” For this inaugural issue of Local Insights, the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) decided to analyze the Southeastern region of Utah’s economy through the lens of education. When approaching an analysis like this, the usual questions instantly came to mind: Do more highly educated people necessarily make more money? What does the education profile look like for the various industries in the Castle Country and Southeast regions of Utah? Which industries employ the highest proportion of degreed workers? The aim of this article is to answer these and other questions, which will hopefully allow us to gain some interesting insights into the educational profile of the East-Southeast as well as the effects of education on workers in the area. As the article progresses, “Southeast” will refer to Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties.