U.S. manufacturers have 600,000 jobs they can’t fill…

KC Business Journal by Jeff Clabaugh,
Broadcast/Web Reporter

About 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the necessary skills.

U.S. manufacturing companies have as many as 600,000 jobs that they can’t find workers with the proper skills to fill, according to a survey by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute.

The survey found that 5 percent of manufacturing jobs are unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates, 67 percent of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of qualified workers, and 56 percent of manufacturers expect the shortage to increase during the
next three to five years.

―These unfilled jobs are mainly in the skilled production category — positions such as machinists, operators, craft workers, distributors and technicians,‖ said Emily DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute, which is part of the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington.

―Unfortunately, these jobs require the most training and are traditionally among the hardest manufacturing jobs to find
existing talent to fill.

Nearly two in three manufacturing executives surveyed said work force shortages or skill deficiencies in production roles are significantly affecting their ability to expand operations or improve productivity.

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