Shortage of Skills

Archive Report

Current Mixed Employment Situation

A Growing shortage of skilled workers threatens to slow down the economic growth of the United States. Thousands of openings for skilled and semi-skilled workers in industrial and service enterprises are going begging at a time when 4.5 per cent of the labor force is unemployed. The paradox of persistent joblessness alongside job vacancies reflects failure of educational and vocational training to keep pace with the accelerated tempo of economic change.

In an age of automation, as many workers as possible must be prepared by education to take on new and different jobs if and when old jobs are changed or made obsolete by technological developments. Yet modernization of the nation's manpower skills has only recently become a field for determined effort ...

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