The buzz: A study by PWC and the Manufacturing Institute found that in 2016, women comprised 47% of the total US labor force, yet only 29% of the manufacturing sector. MAPI reported that the manufacturing sector employs fewer women and black workers now than 20 years ago.
Despite stunning progress in factory-floor automation, men make up 71% of the manufacturing workforce, while their labor force participation rate is 53%. What steps must these companies take to entice the best and the brightest to work in Industry 4.0-enabled factories while diversifying their workforce? The experts speak.