Unformatted text preview: ofessional and management positions and the lower income,
lower education servicing industry. Almost all other industries will be fairly stagnant.
Key industries, particularly in manufacturing, that make up the US middle class are moving, slowly, out of the
USA. The US Department of Defense, which makes up less than 3.9% of the economy, is making purchasing
decisions outside of the US manufacturing industry. Traditionally strong industries, such as automotive and
steel, are quickly becoming commodities.
State Commerce departments and US manufacturers have identified a reluctance of the 16 to 24 year generation
from entering industry, a reduced work ethic, challenges in retaining the younger workforce and difficulty
obtaining skilled workers. “Clearly, this situation is untenable for America. Although our manufacturing sector
has been able to remain vibrant and to compete successfully in a global economy, its ability to do so in the
future is predicated on the availability of a highly skilled, innovative, ‘high-performance workforce.’ Without a
sufficient supply of these types of employees, the manufacturing sector will suffer – which in turn will have a
detrimental impact to the nation’s overall economic health.”16 Reliability Center, Inc. Conclusion
The purpose of this essay is to provide information and not solutions, a subject for future essays. There is,
clearly, a difference in opinion between US Federal Government opinion of the US workforce, in particular the
skilled maintenance and repair trades, and State Commerce departments and manufacturing. The general
appearance is that the Federal agencies are of the opinion that manpower and training, alone, provides the
replacement workforce, and not work ethic and experience that manufacturing and maintenance skilled trades
The primary concern is that the existing baby-boom workforce is aging and a new generation of workers is
reluctant to join. While the skilled trade workforce is expected to decrease with the reduction of manufacturing
within the USA, very little new blood is expected to join with an expected reduction in the 16 to 24 year
generation of over 1% as a growing number pursue higher education while that population decreases through
As a result of the progression of the aging workforce, at a rate much higher than the reduction of manufacturing
in the USA, and the movement of manufacturing overseas, an industrial crisis is developing within the 2015 to
2020 timeframe, possibly sooner, with the concurrent increase of early retirement offers. The second wave of
workers, resulting from the baby-boom-echo generation, will have fewer mentoring opportunities from the aged
workforce. © Reliability Center, Inc. 5 In conclusion, US manufacturing dominance can be expected to lose ground as a result of overseas competition,
the movement of the US manufacturing base ov...
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