Wide skills gap a challenge for US manufacturers: study

Oct 18, 2011 | 12:16 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  unemployment, manufacturing, competition, Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, Craig Giffi, job skills, catherine ngai

NEW YORK — A new study suggests that American manufacturing companies cannot fill as many as 600,000 jobs, despite a 9.1-percent unemployment rate, because of a skills gap plaguing the nation.

The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, and Deloitte Development LLP interviewed 1,123 executives from various domestic manufacturing companies and found that 5 percent of an estimated 12 million manufacturing jobs remain unfilled. ....

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