Skilled Labor Shortage

Expected to get worse

Evan Smith
July 18, 2019 - 4:48 pm

A recent report by the National Association of Manufactures in partnership with Deloitte paints a dreary picture for manufacturers in the coming decade.

While the common narrative has been that skilled labor jobs in manufacturing were rapidly being exported out of the United States, the stats reveal that there is in fact a shortage of skilled laborers that is expected to remain steady over the next ten years.

The report predicts that nearly 5 million positions will be open by 2028 due to some workers retiring or growing out of the jobs, and a lack of new workers to take their place.

In addition, the growing skill gap would mean that fewer than half of those jobs could even be filled given the labor pool, leaving 2.4 million empty positions.

Local manufactures already note difficulties in finding workers for skilled labor positions, especially given the digital age creating a gap between generations, with new challenges arising from the automation of numerous functions.

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