A recent article on Yahoo! Finance described the serious shortage of factory workers in the United States, with manufacturers reporting 600,000 unfilled jobs nationwide. The article describes typical annual earnings of $70,000 to $80,000 for experienced workers, with some earning more than $100,000 by age 28. Wow. But the fact is, these jobs aren’t being filled and, like most things, the reasons are complex. Most people attribute the labor gap to the following, simplified version of recent history.