CFO reports that the United States continues to lose ground in the battle for high-tech jobs because of its lack of outreach to domestic companies, Intel’s finance chief said. Countries such as China and Singapore are ramping up efforts to build high-tech hubs and cooperate with U.S. companies to improve math and science curricula in schools, he noted. Smith also sees deterioration in the education of the U.S. workforce. Even entry-level positions on Intel’s factory floors require some advanced technical training, and the plants also employ PhDs in material sciences and physics. But math and science curricula in primary-school systems in the United States are comparatively weak, he said, and the population of university students pursuing math, science, and engineering has dropped. “These are some worrisome signs,” said Smith…

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