Men failing at tightrope walking The skills gap is most acute in the health care and technology sectors, as well as in the trades, middle-skilled jobs and high-skilled STEM jobs. (Image: Shutterstock)

The country’s long-term economic prosperity is being threatened by a skills gap that just keeps growing, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2019 State of the Workplace report.

It’s not just record low unemployment that’s causing the skills gap, it’s also not having enough highly skilled workers to keep up with the ever-increasing emergence of new technologies—not to mention stiffer competition for the best-of-the-best talent across the globe, according to the report.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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