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US Manufacturing Skills Shortage At Boiling Point?

Posted By Paul Tate, October 14, 2011 at 6:12 AM, in Category: Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

A revealing new report on the growing skills gap in US manufacturing has discovered that American companies cannot fill an estimated 600,000 skilled positions across the nation right now.

Called Boiling Point? The Skills Gap In US Manufacturing, the new survey also found that a substantial 82 percent of manufacturers now have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified production workers; 67% have a moderate to severe kills shortage in their overall workforce; 56 percent anticipate these shortages to grow worse over the next three to five years; and 64 percent of respondents say that workforce shortages and skills deficiencies in production roles are having a significant impact on their ability to expand operations or improve productivity.

The new report, conducted by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, covers over 1,100 US manufacturing companies. More details to be released next week.

Also see our recent Manufacturing Executive discussion on the US Skills Gap: (40% More Manufacturing Jobs: But Skills Shortage Getting Worse)

Written by Paul Tate

Paul Tate is Research Director and Executive Editor with Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors, the Council's annual Critical Issues Agenda, and the Manufacturing Leadership Research Panel. Follow us on Twitter: @MfgExecutive


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