Trying to collar Xers and Yers for the trades in the California Bay Area: CONTRA COSTA COUNTY / Who will fill Baby Boomers' big work boots? / Blue-collar jobs losing popularity despite good pay .
I've seen articles like this before that discuss how kids want a cushy office job, while high paying jobs in the trades go unfilled (which is kind of why they are high paying, right? Supply and demand and all that.); however, down in paragraph 23, another reason for the labor shortage is mentioned. Essentially, most high school graduates don't have enough math and science skills to get one of the better paying blue collar jobs.