US Faces 600,000 Skilled Worker shortfall for Manufacturing Industry
20 October 2011
According to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, American manufacturing companies cannot fill as many as 600,000 skilled jobs despite the historically high level of unemployment in the country.
The survey, "Boiling Point? The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing," polled a nationally representative sample of 1,123 executives at manufacturing companies recently and revealed that 5 percent of current manufacturing jobs are unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates.
"The survey shows that 67 percent of manufacturers have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers," said Craig Giffi, vice chairman and consumer & industrial products industry leader, Deloitte LLP. "Moreover, 56 percent anticipate the shortage to increase in 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, The Manufacturing Institute. "Unfortunately, these jobs require the most training and are traditionally among the hardest manufacturing jobs to find existing talent to fill."