Survey: U.S. Workers Behind in Global Marketplace

March 26, 2007 ( - Just over half the adult workers in a recent survey rate the U.S. as being unprepared to compete equally in a global economy while three-quarters assert the U.S. is falling down on the job in providing the necessary training to change that.

A news release from job placement and human resources consultant Adeco said its Workplace Insights poll found that 56% feared the U.S. was globally uncompetitive and 76% complained that the country needed to invest more in training and development to allow the workforce to better stay up with workers from other nations.

The press release said other survey findings included that:

  • Nearly two-thirds of employed adults (64%) agree that the U.S. educational system is not properly training workers for the jobs of the future.
  • 9 in ten employed adults (92%) agree that strengthening the education system should be a top priority for the U.S. in the next decade.
  • Older adults (ages 55+) are significantly more likely than younger adults (ages 18-34) to agree that America is not prepared to compete in a global economy (59% vs. 48% respectively).

The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Adecco NA between February 12 and February 14, 2007 among 3,434 U.S. adults 18 years of age or older.