Mitchell’s Musings 12/17/12: The Great Manufacturing Skill-Shift Labor Shortage: Hard to See

There are good stories and catchy anecdotes. And then there are facts and data and proper explanations. Sometimes facts and data make good stories. But sometimes they don’t provide support for good anecdotes. The Great Manufacturing skill-shift labor shortage seems to be one of the latter cases; the lost skill seems to be on the employer side, not the worker side. For almost a decade, manufacturing employers didn't have to recruit actively. Now they have to relearn that skill.