60 minutes just did a report this week on this same issue. They said there are 3 million jobs in machine shop and machine shop inspection that are not being filled. The truth is still the same as the responders to this story have said. They want to hire young people with no experience and pay $12.00 - $14.00 per hour. They lay off people with over ten years of experience who were earning at least twice that, as they should have.
Here is a job posting that is very common these days:
Education Requirements: Bachelor's Degree preferred
Salary: $10 - $12/hr, Based upon qualifications and experience