The Manufacturing Skills Gap Might Actually be a Wage Gap

We’ve commented on this before.  The inability of manufacturers to attract sufficient skilled workers may relate to that sector’s inability to pay an adequate wage.  According to a recent New York Times report, new study supports that notion:

. . . .[While] the typical production job in the manufacturing sector paid more than the private sector average in the Innovation1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, that relationship flipped in 2007, and line work in factories now pays less than the typical private sector job. That gap has been widening — in 2013, production jobs paid an average of $19.29 an hour, compared with $20.13 for all private sector positions.

Pressured by temporary hiring practices and a sharp decrease in salaries in the auto parts sector, real wages for manufacturing workers fell by 4.4 percent from 2003 to 2013, [National Employment Law Project] researchers found, nearly three times the decline for workers as a whole.

The NYT story is here.

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