The Skills Gap: Holding Back The Labor MarketMore than 6 million Americans have been out of work for six months or more. Economists say the long-term unemployed are vulnerable to losing critical job skills. And as many people trade down from high-skilled jobs, the sidelining of their old skills becomes a big drag on the economy.
The Custom Group trains workers at its school to use many of the latest high-tech machines. But for simple tasks, workers still use some of the original equipment from 1969, when the company started.
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