Magazine August 12, 2019, Issue

Worker Skills to Pay the Bills

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Conference rooms and spreadsheets do not a good job make

There are two big problems in the blue-collar job market: One is that there are a lot of people without jobs, and the other is that there are a lot of jobs without people.

A longtime construction professional tells a story about a colleague. Call him “Daniel.” As a young man from a family without a lot of money, Daniel was invited to spend the weekend with a friend, whose family turned out to own a really beautiful boat. He was impressed and asked his friend the most natural question in the world to a young man in his position: What

This article appears as “Get the Skills To Pay the Bills” in the August 12, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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