A new report estimates that a majority of needed manufacturing jobs could go unfilled over the next decade without better cooperation by industry, government and higher education.
Electronic components distributor Newark element14 issued a report on the manufacturing sector's "skills gap" to mark National Manufacturing Day.
The analysis estimated that 2 million of the 3.5 million jobs needed in manufacturing by 2025 could remain vacant.
The report also said that companies lose $14,000 on average for every manufacturing job that goes unfilled for at least three months, and that those vacancies negatively impact employee morale and productivity.
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