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U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills

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Experts advocate better school curricula and tax breaks for reskilling existing workforces.

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A report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) estimated that nearly a third of the U.S. workforce has limited or no digital skills.

ITIF's Stephen Ezell said these findings "should raise the alarm in Washington as an increasingly digitalized global economy requires ever-more digitally skilled workforces for nations to remain productive."

Data from this year indicated the U.S. ranked 29th out of 100 countries in terms of students enrolled in operating systems, cloud computing, and mathematics courses.

Among Ezell’s recommendations were fortifying the computer science (CS) curriculum to count toward high school graduation; doubling the number of science, technology, engineering, and math charter schools; giving colleges and universities incentives to teach CS and digital literacy courses; investing more in artificial intelligence, and boosting the federal budget for training and reskilling.

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