Every day in the U.S., seven million jobs go unfilled because companies cannot find skilled workers. That number will, under conservative estimates, double in the next six years to 14 million.

This skills shortage, which is already engulfing certain industries, will soon lead to a nationwide economic meltdown unless we take action, warns Edward E. Gordon in his new book, “Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis (Praeger, September 2013).” However, he says, there is still time to stave off a crisis.

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