Why Gen Y’s (Slowly) Reconsidering Factory Work

A manufacturing trade group estimates there are 600,000 factory jobs available in the US right now.  Many of them are in skilled work, like machining.  And most of these jobs are held by Baby Boomers, who are edging closer to retirement.  But many of their Gen Y descendents–who were raised on tales of mass layoffs and jobs moving overseas–aren’t betting on the new rise of American manufacturing.  Slowly, though, some of these young workers are reconsidering factories. StateImpact recently visited the machine shop at Nashua Community College,where we spoke with some younger students about why they’re putting their faith in advanced manufacturing.


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