Workforce dropouts rise

Discouraged workers are dropping out of the workforce, masking the true unemployment rate. Only 63.3 percent of working-age adults are in the labor force.  Some enroll in community college — or graduate school. Others apply for disability or take early retirement.

Manufacturers are looking for skilled workers in Minnesota, but technical colleges have a hard time filling all the seats in manufacturing programs, even though pay averages $56,000 a year. Factory work has a stigma.

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  1. “Factory work has a stigma” – there’s one of the downsides to the “everyone should go to college” view.

  2. Most discouraged workers 55+ know the score.
    No matter how willing you are to take a downsized job , they still don’t want you.