Topic: Creative Economies: Creative Workforce
The cultivation and retention of a creative workforce is an integral piece of any creative economy. Human capital can boost and define a local economy in an era of constant change and globalization. Ongoing research attempts to understand the ways in which highly creative individuals are attracted to cities and contribute to the local economy. Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class (2002) has prompted many reactions from scholars—both endorsements and critiques—over his claim that technology, tolerance, and talent are the leading attributes of cities that attract a creative workforce.
Creative Industries Reports from Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts’ Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts provides a research-based approach to understanding the scope and importance of the creative workforce to the nation's economy. As of January 2010, our analysis reveals that 668,267 arts-centric businesses exist across the nation and employ an impressive 2.9 million individuals. The Creative Industries report demonstrates that arts-centric businesses are contributing significantly to local economies in all 435 congressional districts—representing 4.05 percent of all businesses and 2.18 percent of all jobs in the United States.