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WORKING: The Pendulum Swing - Labor Shortages Coming Soon?

May 12, 2014 3:45am (EDT)
(Photo Courtesy of photologue_np via Flickr.)
(Photo Courtesy of photologue_np via Flickr.)

Some economists say the United States is facing a labor shortage in the next 10 to 15 years, in part because there’s about to be a mass exodus in the workforce as baby boomers finally retire.

That’s going to mean opportunity for Gen X-ers and millennials who’ve been waiting for their chance.

“You might feel squeezed right now, but you’re going to have a heckuva lot of opportunity in about the next 10 years,” says Brandon Smith, a career consultant and workplace coach who also teaches at Emory and Georgia State universities.

“[There will be] way more openings than there are people. Immigration may be filling some of that void, but you’re going to see a huge demand.”

What kind of demand younger workers can expect, and how they can be ready, on this week’s Working on GPB Radio.

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