Looking For A Good-Paying Job? Millions In Manufacturing Are Waiting

Over the next decade, more than three million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and two million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

“You’ve got to have folks who are trained to do those jobs” Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, told FOX Business.

Timmons noted the industry and Department of Labor are doing their parts to help educate and introduce potential workers to “modern manufacturing” and argues those two million openings could be filled “If we do things right.”

For now, the trajectory is upward. Manufacturing grew for the 13th-straight month in September, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) index, which hit 61.4%, the highest reading since May 2004. A reading over 50 signals the U.S. economy is expanding.

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