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Experts Concerned by Decline in Young Americans Manual Skills

November 14, 2011 11:12 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

The Dayton (OH) Daily News  (11/13, Larsen) reported, "Young Americans are spending more time with electronic media and fewer hours working with their hands, according to several studies, possibly leaving them out of the running for well-paying, high-skilled jobs in the future." Experts believe that "the declining number of young people who are capable of working with their hands could create a shortage of skilled workers to replace an aging workforce in the US manufacturing industry. Some 2.7 million manufacturing employees are age 55 or older and likely to leave the labor force over the next 10 years, according to the National Association of Manufacturers."

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