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Production in the Innovation Economy$
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Richard M. Locke and Rachel L. Wellhausen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019927

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019927.001.0001

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Skills and Skill Gaps in Manufacturing

Skills and Skill Gaps in Manufacturing

(p.17) 2 Skills and Skill Gaps in Manufacturing
Production in the Innovation Economy

Paul Osterman

Andrew Weaver

The MIT Press

This chapter looks at the nature of production jobs in the US and the mix of skills demanded in blue-collar jobs. Data include a nationally representative survey of 885 American manufacturers and a wide-ranging set of interview with manufacturing firms in regions around the country. The authors find widespread demand for basic hard skills, but demand for advanced skills is modest. The majority of manufacturers do not face a skill shortage. A subset of manufacturing establishments do have long-term vacancies, best predicted by demands for advanced math and reading skills, as well as low wages and frequent product innovation.

Keywords:   Blue-collar, Manufacturing, Skills, Skills gap, Employment, Survey

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