West Michigan Manufacturers See Opportunity in Automation, Industry 4.0 as Labor Shortage Persists


A labor shortage has emerged as the crisis du jour for most industries, including manufacturing, as the pandemic accelerated the trend of Baby Boomers slowly aging out of the workforce. The U.S. manufacturing industry is on pace to have 2.1 million unfilled jobs by 2030, according to a recent study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. U.S. Department of Labor data also show that only 9 percent of U.S. workers are employed by manufacturers, a number that topped 20 percent back in the 1980s. Companies are now turning to automation to make roles less cumbersome and more attractive to potential employees. Read the full article from www.mibiz.com.