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Brain Drain: UNO Researcher Josie Schafer Explains Why Young, Educated Nebraskans Are Leaving, and What That Means for the Workforce

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Cindy Gonzalez of the Nebraska Examiner reports that young Nebraskans with a bachelor's degree or higher are leaving the state.

The Nebraska Examinerreported in February that in the last decade “more people have continued to leave than enter Nebraska from other states, and the loss is heavily those with an education level of at least a bachelor’s degree.”

On today’s show, Josie Schafer, director of the Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is in conversation with Tom Knoblauch about her research on Nebraska’s concerning demographic trends, the root causes of brain drain, and what steps may be taken to mitigate concerns as job requirements shift over the coming decades.

Courtney is back in her hometown after graduating from the University of Kansas in 2019 with degrees in journalism and film. While at KU, she was the arts and culture editor of the University Daily Kansan and had a summer internship at KCUR, Kansas City's NPR member station. She has three pet rats and has seen almost every Audrey Hepburn movie.
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