Changing Workforce

Filling jobs toughest task for Tennessee manufacturers

By the Times Free Press (Chattanooga, TN)

Aug 08, 2017

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With one of every four factory workers retiring in the next decade, Tennessee manufacturers say their biggest worry is getting enough qualified workers for the future for increasingly technology-based factories, even with an average manufacturing wage in the state of $66,000.

Among major manufacturers in the Volunteer state surveyed by the Tennessee Manufacturers Association earlier this year, workforce challenges were identified as their biggest concern, ahead of concerns over regulations, taxes and roads.

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