A Skills Shortage in Colorado

How graph visualization illuminated a looming threat to the economy

A Look Into Colorado's Skills Shortage

The state of Colorado is currently experiencing a severe skills shortage across many aspects of advanced manufacturing. This shortage poses a grave obstacle to the continuing growth of manufacturing; a labor and skills bottleneck could lead to decreased economical output and growth of the economy.

As a first step to addressing the skills shortage, educators in Colorado pinpointed exactly the critical skills and classified them into several subfields of manufacturing, such as engineering and R&D, production and assembly, and welding, etc. The data was organized in a spreadsheet across thousands of rows and columns. In just a spreadsheet, it was difficult to glean insights from the data. In order to gain a better sense of the data, researchers imported the spreadsheet into Rhumbl and created an interactive visualization for stakeholders.

The visualization revealed several fascinating insights:

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