According toThe Financial Times, the newSiemens manufacturing facility under construction in Charlotte, NC, will warrant the hiring of skilled workers and engineers. This underpins the larger need for skilled workers in the United States, and how it will affect domestic competitiveness on the international level.

"I think the problem that we're having is that the bar is rising at such a rapid rate," Jane Oates, an assistant secretary of labor, told the publication. "We used to have a generation in order to make huge improvements in the definition of 'high skilled'. Now we sometimes have just less than a year; technology is moving so rapidly.”