Past, present and future

Economic and Employment Projections 2008-2018
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a lot of data on past, present, and future economic and labor subjects.  The Projections for 2010-2020 will be released on February 1, 2012.

Table 9. Employment and total job openings by postsecondary education or training category, 2008-18

Labor force prognostications

A New Look at Long-term Labor Force Projections to 2050
Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Among the factors affecting the composition and growth of the labor force over the next 50 years are the aging of the baby-boom generation, the stabilization of women’s labor force participation rates, and increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the workforce.”

State level projections

Projections of Education Statistics to 2019. Thirty-Eighth Edition.
W. J. Hussar and T. M. Bailey

National Center for Education Statistics, 2011

“Projections of Education Statistics to 2019” is the 38th report in a series begun in 1964. It includes statistics on elementary and secondary schools and degree-granting institutions. This report provides revisions of projections shown in “Projections of Education Statistics to 2018.” Included are projections of enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures to the year 2019. This is the first edition of the “Projections of Education Statistics” to include projections of elementary and secondary school enrollment and high school graduates by race/ethnicity. In addition to projections at the national level, the report includes projections of public elementary and secondary school enrollment and public high school graduates to the year 2019 at the state level. The projections in this report were produced by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to provide researchers, policy analysts, and others with state-level projections developed using a consistent methodology. Six appendixes are included: (1) Introduction to Projection Methodology; (2) Supplementary Tables; (3) Data Sources; (4) References; (5) List of Abbreviations; and (6) Glossary. (Contains 69 tables, 7 exhibits, and 28 figures.)”

Statistics on students at independent colleges and universities

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities   

“The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. Today, through new communication technologies, an improved governance structure, and increased member participation, NAICU has become an even more effective and respected participant in the political process. “

Independent Colleges and Universities:  A National Profile 2011

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20% of U.S. population 65 years and older by 2030

The Next Four Decades. The Older Population in the United States: 2010 to 2050
U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2010.

“Between 2010 and 2050, the U.S. population is projected to grow from 310 million to 439 million, an increase of 42 percent. The nation will also become more racially and ethnically diverse, with the aggregate minority population projected to become the majority in 2042.* The population is also expected to become much older, with nearly one in five U.S. residents aged 65 and older in 2030.”