2021 Survey of Universal Recognition Laws
Interstate Licensure Compacts and Universal License Recognition Laws
Assessing State Policies and Practices
Assessing COVID-19 Occupational Licensing Policy Actions
Professional and Occupational Regulation: U.S. State Regulatory Structures
Promising Practices on Occupational Licensing Requirements and Portability Options
Promising Practices on Licensure Mobility
Barriers to Work: Improving Access to Licensed Occupations For Immigrants with Work Authorization
Barriers to Work: Improving Employment in Licensed Occupations for Individuals with Criminal Records
Barriers to Work: Improving Access to Licensed Occupations for Veterans and Military Spouses
Barriers to Work: Improving Access to Licensed Occupations For Low-Income, Unemployed and Dislocated Workers
The State of Occupational Licensing Research, State Policies and Trends

Occupational Licensing Literature and State Policy Scan

Occupational licensing has grown dramatically over the years, leading to a larger share of American workers who need a license to perform their work. Accounting for just five percent of the employed population in the 1950’s, licensed workers now comprise more than 25 percent of all employed Americans. Spurred by concerns for public safety, consumer protection or other policy goals, the growth in state licensing over time has created a patchwork of different requirements across states, making it difficult for workers to move their skills across state lines, and costly for them to work in a licensed profession. Read more…

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