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Lincoln’s percentage of STEM occupations is increasing

There is a general consensus that the United States’ long-term global competitiveness will partially hinge on the supply and quality of workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.8 STEM careers are important to communities because they offer high wage jobs that will result in reinvestments back into local economies.9

  • In 2020, 6.7% of all occupations in Lincoln were classified as STEM. This is slightly higher than the 6.0% of U.S. occupations classified as STEM.
  • STEM occupations had decreased during and after the recession, but have increased since 2010.

8. Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century. (2007). Rising above the gathering storm: Energizing and employing America for a brighter economic future. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

9. Rothwell, J. (2013). The hidden STEM economy. Metropolitan Policy Program. Washington, DC: Brookings Institute.