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Why claims of skills shortages in mfg. are overblown

Manufacturing Group | March 31, 2014

In the past decade, two features have characterized the American job market: wage inequality and persistent unemployment.

There is little doubt about the basic facts: Wage stratification has become more pronounced, and far too many people remain unemployed. However, there is debate about the causes. Two interpretations have been very influential: that inequality is driven by demand for skills that are out of reach of many workers and, in a similar vein, that persistent unemployment is caused by a mismatch between what firms seek and what potential employees can provide.

Click here to read the full article by Paul Osterman and Andrew Weaver.

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