Industrial Evolution in America Building a Future-Ready Workforce

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As America embarks on a significant reindustrialization journey driven by federal initiatives like the CHIPS Act, Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), the need for a capable workforce has never been greater. Despite creating 4.5 million jobs in 2022, the nation faces a critical labor shortfall with 9.5 million job openings and only 6.5 million unemployed workers available. This leaves a gap of nearly 3 million positions.

Several factors contribute to this challenge, including early retirements, reduced immigration, and changing work-life balance priorities since the pandemic. If workforce participation returned to pre-pandemic levels, an additional 2.1 million Americans could help fill these gaps. In the upcoming LightWorks at ASU webinar, our expert panel will discuss how to align America’s reindustrialization goals with the capabilities of its workforce. The session will focus on evolving educational pathways and institutions to meet the demands of a changing labor market. Panelists will explore how to make education systems more accessible and adaptable, ensuring they address regional workforce needs and support all communities. Panelists are from Kuder, CareerCatalyst within ASU’s Learning Enterprise, ASU’s Electrified Processes for Industry Without Carbon (EPIXC), the Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute

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