As the baby boom generation slowly exits the U.S. workplace, a new survey of employers from a consortium of business research organizations finds the incoming generation sorely lacking in much-needed workplace skills--both basic academic and more advanced "applied" skills.

The survey of 431 human-resource officials was conducted earlier this year by the Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Its objective was to examine employers' views on the readiness of new entrants to the U.S. workforce--recently hired graduates from high schools, two-year colleges or technical schools,...

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