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  • In 2007, employees in the skilled trades averaged 6% higher in hourly earnings than those in non-trades occupations.
  • Self-employment, particularly without employees, is a growing phenomenon among tradespersons. In 1987, only 9% of tradesworkers were self-employed; by 2007, this increased to 15%.
  • The vacancy rate for skilled trades jobs grew to 50 000 unfilled jobs in 2010.
  • In the next two decades, 40% of new jobs will be in skilled trades and technologies
  • Many more people in the skilled trades are retiring than are entering the system. The hardest-hit industries will be manufacturing, construction, petroleum production, and transportation.