Presidential candidates have been promising to bring back manufacturing jobs, but many say they are already here. The problem is matching workers’ skills to employers’ needs.
Feb. 17, 2012 In Holland, Mich., Shane Headley, a production team leader for Trans-Matic, sets up a machine to produce one of the metal components of an oxygen sensor for Bosch. Trans-Matic produces metal component parts for various companies. Manufacturing jobs have gone high skill, meaning that the high school graduates and dropouts who typically get such jobs are no longer qualifying and, ironically, there are many job openings at Siemens and GE but no one to fill them. T.J. Hamilton/For The Washington Post Buy Photo