The United States has shed 5 million manufacturing jobs in 30 years, but higher-skill factory jobs increasingly go unfilled as employers deal with applicants with poor reading and math abilities and a bad attitude about blue-collar work.

 

The National Association of Manufacturers says that the skill shortages have hurt production and the ability to meet customer demands.

 

The pattern is likely to persist as the nation sheds old-style manufacturing to compete in a global economy.

 

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