Help Wanted in America: Skilled Workers

In an ever-more-competitive job market, technology increases the need for skilled workers.

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There is a lot of worrying about jobs these days, especially given the slowing trend in hiring since February as amplified by the paltry 38,000 jobs added in May, and the many people who’ve given up looking for work.

Adding to the concerns and overall angst: The relentless march of automation, robots and other productivity-enhancing machines that will continue to displace people in the workplace. Folks without skills will take the biggest hit. Coming increases in the minimum wage in many states and cities are sure to advance employers’ efforts to automate low-skill jobs such as parking lot attendants, order takers, front-counter workers and the like.

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David Payne
Staff Economist, The Kiplinger Letter

David is both staff economist and reporter for The Kiplinger Letter, overseeing Kiplinger forecasts for the U.S. and world economies. Previously, he was senior principal economist in the Center for Forecasting and Modeling at IHS/GlobalInsight, and an economist in the Chief Economist's Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. David has co-written weekly reports on economic conditions since 1992, and has forecasted GDP and its components since 1995, beating the Blue Chip Indicators forecasts two-thirds of the time. David is a Certified Business Economist as recognized by the National Association for Business Economics. He has two master's degrees and is ABD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.