Obama Wrong Again…College Not the Answer for Jobs.. Jobs Are Here For Skilled Labor Obama's Expensive Answer: FACT SHEET: President Obama’s Blueprint for Keeping College Affordable and Within Reach for All Americans In today’s global economy, a college education is no longer just a privilege for some, but rather a prerequisite for all. To reach a national goal of leading the world with the highest share of college graduates by 2020, we must make college more affordable Maintain adequate levels of funding for higher education in order to address important long-term causes of cost growth at the public institutions that serve two-thirds of four-year college students. Serving low-income students, enrolling and graduating relatively higher numbers of Pell-eligible students. FACT SHEET: President Obama U.S. Manufacturing Sees Shortage of Skilled Factory Workers A recent report by Deloitte for the Manufacturing Institute, based on a survey of manufacturers, found that as many as 600,000 jobs are going unfilled. By comparison, the unemployed in the United States number 12.8 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “High unemployment is not making it easier to fill positions, particularly in the areas of skilled production and production support,” the Deloitte report found. Similarly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that although fewer machinists would be employed in the future, job opportunities “should continue to be good” because many young people with the right aptitudes were preferring other fields. To fill slots, a few manufacturers have turned to hiring candidates who are untrained but have the inclination to work with their hands. Some recruiters said they like to find people who like to fix dirt bikes and snowmobiles. Then they train the candidates. Many companies have apprenticeship programs. Hundreds are taking job-specific training. The company has even arranged with Central Piedmont Community College to develop a “mechatronics” curriculum with an associate’s degree. U.S. manufacturing sees shortage of skilled factory workers - The Washington Post Wanted: Blue-Collar Workers given that the region has suffered from unemployment for a generation and is just emerging from the worst recession in decades. Yet across the heartland, even in high-unemployment areas, one hears the same concern: a shortage of skilled workers capable of running increasingly sophisticated, globally competitive factories. That shortage is surely a problem for manufacturers like Wright. But it also represents an opportunity, should Americans be wise enough to embrace it, to reduce the nation’s stubbornly high unemployment rate. Driving the skilled-labor shortage is a remarkable resurgence in American manufacturing. Since 2009, the number of job openings in manufacturing has been rising, with average annual earnings of $73,000, well above the average earnings in education, health services, and many other fields, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Tool and Die Makers Desperately Casting for Workers Eighty percent of the USA's 5,800 tool and die firms — small firms with an average 30 employees — are seeking one to five workers, estimates Dave Tilstone, head of the National Tool & Machining Association. Fledgling workers typically complete four-year apprenticeships, after which they can make $60,000 a year. "Johnny and Mary don't have to go to college to make a decent living," Tilstone says. If Obama had been listening, he'd find out that billions of dollars could have been saved be telling the public wshere the jobs could be found instead of sending students, some of who were not candidates for college to school where they would end up without a future at the end of the career without the training they really needed. Good job Obama. Not listening, again.