The Brookings Institution recently released a study suggesting that the economic recovery in some of the 100 largest metropolitan areas will lag due to a mismatch in the supply of and demand for educated workers. The report categorized the Denver metropolitan statistical area as a region with a favorable education match, but an unfavorable industry composition. Many communities that Metro Denver often competes with for company expansions were included in the same category, including Chicago, Kansas City, Portland, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Jose and Seattle. According to the study, "these economies are more heavily concentrated in declining or more vulnerable industries. ... These metros are not well positioned to recover unless national demand for what their industries produce rebounds significantly, or they diversify into faster growing industries like healthcare, professional services, and clean energy."
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