Labor: Shortage of Skills

"How would you like to do your husband a big favor?" cooed the radio ad. "It doesn't involve more cooking or housework." With that come-on, Pittsburgh's Dravo Corp. took into the kitchen its urgent plea for more engineers, draftsmen and designers: "Just mention Dravo to him when he gets home tonight."

The search for skilled workers is reaching fever level as the U.S. manpower pool is drained at an accelerating rate by the nation's 58-month economic advance. Last week the Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls covered a record 61.8 million workers in November, a 4.4% gain from a year...

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