A glaring lack of properly trained blue-collar workers poses a threat to the U.S. manufacturing sector and its competitiveness in the world economy, concludes a report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte Consulting. More than 80% of companies surveyed for the study, released today (Nov. 22), cite a shortage of qualified production workers, including machinists, operators and technicians. The same percentage expects that shortage to ...

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