A Leaner, More Skilled U.S. Manufacturing Workforce

7 Pages Posted: 15 May 2006

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James Orr

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Richard Deitz

Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Research Group

Abstract

While the U.S. manufacturing sector has contracted sharply since the early 1980s, employment in high-skill manufacturing occupations has risen by an impressive 37 percent. An investigation of the growth in high-skill manufacturing jobs reveals that virtually all of the nation's industries have shared in this trend. Moreover, skill upgrading has occurred in all parts of the country, even those experiencing severe employment losses.

Keywords: manufacturing, occupations, labor

JEL Classification: R1, J44

Suggested Citation

Orr, James and Deitz, Richard, A Leaner, More Skilled U.S. Manufacturing Workforce. Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Vol. 12, No. 2, February/March 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902399

James Orr (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of New York ( email )

33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States

Richard Deitz

Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Research Group ( email )

33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
United States

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