Washington Post Highlights Skills Gap and Manufacturing Institute Report

In a time of high unemployment it seems unfathomable that manufacturers are struggling to fill jobs – but that is exactly what is happening across the country. Manufacturers have reported a significant disparity between the number of skilled workers they need to continue to grow their businnesses and the worker pool available to them.  An article in today’s Washington Post hightlights this unfortunate phenomenon. 

“A recent report by Deloitte for the Manufacturing Institute, based on a survey of manufacturers, found that as many as 600,000 jobs are going unfilled. By comparison, the unemployed in the United States number 12.8 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

‘High unemployment is not making it easier to fill positions, particularly in the areas of skilled production and production support.'”

The Manufacturing Institute has been focused upon solving this very problem – working to implement the “Right Skills Now” program to help individuals gain the skills and certification they need to acquire good paying, high quality manufacturing jobs.

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