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Our economy is changing dramatically. How will we respond?

The Bell Policy Center is shaping the conversation about the future of work and how it will affect Coloradans. Here, you’ll find articles, studies, and original content to help you better understand the challenges and opportunities we all must face to ensure a dynamic economy and strong workforce.  

*The number of independent contractors or freelancers rose from 10.7 percent of the workforce in February 2005 to 15.8 percent in late 2015
*A 2017 report says 41 percent of on-demand workers (those using apps and other types of contract work) also have a traditional full- or part-time job
*Two-thirds of on-demand workers cannot see themselves working as independent contractors for the rest of their lives, either at all or without a significant earnings increase
*According to a recent analysis by the Bell Policy Center, the jobs of nearly 400,000 Coloradans will be significantly altered by emerging technologies

Whether its due to realignment of the relationship between workers and employers, or because new technologies are eliminating entire tasks from the workplace, all of us must consider the enormous impact the future of work will have on the way we work and learn. As the future of work spurs change, it’s important to explore how we can embrace this change and our new economy, so we can create one with successful workers who can live comfortably and work effectively.

The Future of Work: What to Expect

With our focus on ensuring economic mobility for every Coloradan, we have some big questions to sift through. Who will be most impacted by these changes? How do we anticipate these changes and reorganize our systems to ensure that existing inequalities don’t carry over into a new economic era?

Only a handful of states have begun to tackle these big questions.

Colorado will have to figure out how to provide important benefits — like health care, retirement, and disability — for people who don’t have the traditional employer-employee relationship that has long been the hallmark of American work. Beyond that, there will be many other considerations that must be thought through by stakeholders and policymakers alike. The future of work and the consequences it brings, both positive and negative, will affect the lives of many people across the state.

California Case Could Have Implications for Colorado Workers

Automation in Colorado: Preparing for the Future of Work

Will Self-Driving Cars Kill Colorado Jobs?

Robots: Where They Are & What to Know

Future of Work: The Evolution of Education & Training

Colorado Work Policies: Adapting How We Work

Public Comment: Execution of Workforce Development Under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


Pew Research Center: Survey on the Future of Jobs and Job Training
This article surveys 1408 experts on an important question: In the next 10 years, do you think we will see the emergence of new educational and training programs that can successfully train large numbers of workers in the skills they will need to perform the jobs of the future?

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine: Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce
This study considers the possible impacts of automation and other applications of information technology on the U.S. workforce.

Economic Policy Institute: Independent Contractor Misclassification
This is a report on how misclassifying employees as independent contractors can lead to consequences for workers in terms of benefits and localities in terms of taxes and the challenges of correcting these issues for policymakers.

Economic Policy Institute: Working Harder or Finding it Harder to Work
This is a piece about the trends in the workforce and how to approach these issues.

Working Too Hard For Too Little: A Plan for Restoring the Value of Work in America, by Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)
This report by Senator Sherrod Brown, looks at how work has changed in the United States and the forces behind it. He presents potential policy changes to address the challenges that the future of work presents and why they are important.

US Government Accountability Office: Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits
A government report on what the contingent workforce, also known as gig economy workers, looks like and who it entails and the type of work, benefits and pay these individuals do and receive.

Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration: Independent Contractors: Prevalence and Implications for Unemployment Insurance Programs
A report from 2000 on independent contractors and the consequences of using them for unemployment insurance programs as well as recommendations on how to remedy these problems.

Department of Labor: Measuring Gig Work
A blog from the Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics on the importance of measuring who does work in the gig economy and what those jobs look like.


The Real Future of Work by Danny Vinik, Politico
An important article outlining how work and the workforce is changing in dramatic ways and why the federal government and Congress are behind and struggling to figure out how to deal with the new issues that the future of work presents.

Lowe’s Commits To Developing Future Skilled Trades Workforce With New Employee Pre-Apprenticeship Program
How Lowe’s is leading the way in preparing for a new workforce through education and pre-apprenticeships.

Employers May Find Tough Competition for Highly-Skilled Independent Workers, by Valerie Bolden-Barret, HR Dive
A blog on why people choose independent contracting and the benefits of working on your own time.

Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do To Jobs, In One Chart, by Erin Winick, MIT Technology Review
This is a brief post, with an informative chart, showing that there is no consensus on what an automation future will look like in terms of jobs gained and lost, an important check for policymakers when thinking about how to address future challenges.

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