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Skills Gap / No Big Deal writes Businessweek

The much talked-about “skills gap” in the U.S. is more limited than many people think and shouldn’t prevent, or even stall, the U.S. manufacturing renaissance, at least for a while.

More severe shortages are likely to develop, however. We need to take steps now to prevent them and make sure that enough new talent enters the right trades.

According to the Boston Consulting Group’s current estimates, the U.S. today is short about 80,000 to 100,000 highly skilled manufacturing workers. Occupations in shortest supply are welders, machinists, and industrial machinery mechanics.

The shortage represents less than 1 percent of America’s 11.5 million manufacturing workers and less than 8 percent of its highly skilled manufacturing workers. What’s more, only seven states—six of which are in the bottom quartile of U.S. state manufacturing output—show significant or severe skills gaps. And only five of America’s 50 largest manufacturing centers (Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Miami, San Antonio, and Wichita) appear to have significant or severe skills gaps…

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via Skills Gap: No Big Deal, If … – Businessweek.

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