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U.S. Is 'Faltering' in Workforce Digital Skills: ITIF Report


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ITIF's recommendations for boosting digital literacy include increasing federal investment in workforce training and reskilling programs.

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A new report condemns the lack of digital skills among U.S. workers and recommends sweeping policy changes, including boosting computer science training in high schools and colleges as well as workplaces. Tax incentives are also needed, it says.

"The U.S. is far behind its competitors when it comes to broad workforce digital skills," says Stephen Ezell, vice president of global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and author of the report, "Assessing the State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy."

"The U.S. has led the global digital revolution in ICT fields, but across the workforce, the U.S. is increasingly faltering which is detrimental to long-term U.S. competitiveness," Ezell says. "The U.S. need to redouble its efforts here and recommit itself to being a world leader in workforce-level digital skills."

Data compiled by Ezell includes a finding from Coursera that the U.S. ranks 29th out of 100 countries for its digital acumen.

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