WASHINGTON, DC, -  Manufacturers, big and small, are affected by a talent shortage called the skills gap. In fact, 82 percent of executives believe the skills gap will impact their ability to meet customer demands, and six out of 10 open skilled production positions go unfilled.

Here are the top 5 reasons why the manufacturing skills gap is not an April Fools joke:

  1. Over the next decade, the skills gap is expected to result in 2 MILLION manufacturing jobs going unfilled, in part due to baby boomer retirements and economic expansion. 
  2. It takes more than 90 days to recruit highly skilled workers like engineers, researchers, and scientists.
  3. 70 percent of executives indicate current employees are not sufficient in technology/computer skills.
  4. Only three out of 10 parents would encourage their kids into manufacturing as a career.
  5. Gen Y (ages 19-33 years) respondents ranked manufacturing last as a career choice.

So, why do we need manufacturing? Simply put, manufacturing boosts the economy! Every job in manufacturing creates another 2.5 new jobs in local goods and services. And for every dollar invested in manufacturing, another $1.37 in additional value is created in other sectors. Manufacturing makes America strong.

Learn more about the skills gap in our full 2015 Skills Gap Report.
Download the infographic here.

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