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Lincoln’s percentage of STEM occupations is rebounding
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.3 STEM careers are important to communities because they offer high wage jobs that will result in reinvestment back into local economies.4

  • In the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA: Lancaster and Seward Counties), STEM occupations had decreased during and after the recession, but have rebounded since 2010.
  • In Lincoln, 6.0% of all occupations are classified as STEM.
    • This is slightly higher than the national percentage of 5.6% of all occupations in STEM.

3. 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.

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