Is the Skills Gap Slowing Manufacturing Growth?

That’s the argument made by Joshua Brown at the Christian Science Monitor site:

Wells Fargo‘s Chief Economist is out with a look at the skills mismatch between what manufacturers need versus what the labor force in America can actually do.  John Silvia notes that this mismatch is nothing new even as it seems more and more pronounced.

Further, his research finds that, like most things, the disconnect is a regional thing – certain parts of the country have fared better than others.

However, this may be a over-simpliflied.  Other evidence suggests that this may have to do with changed practices that make manufacturing jobs less attractive (see here and here, for example).  In either case, it reinforces the idea that training resources need to be allocated more wisely.

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