Study: More women could lift manufacturing sector

Study: More women could lift manufacturing sector

(Trade Only Today, 4/24/17)

A new study says women can help address the growing skills gap in manufacturing.

Although there has been an overall positive change in the industry’s attitude toward female employees, women still make up only 29 percent of the U.S. manufacturing workforce. They are about half of the total U.S. labor force.

The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and APICS released a study titled “Women in Manufacturing: Stepping up to make an impact that matters.”

“Our research estimates that the cumulative manufacturing skills gap — or the positions that likely won’t be filled due to a lack of skilled workers — will grow to 2 million between 2015 and 2025,” Craig Giffi, vice chairman of Deloitte LLP and U.S. automotive practice leader said in a statement.

The joint study is the result of more than 600 survey responses from female professionals in the manufacturing industry, along with nearly 20 manufacturing executive interviews.

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