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🪨 Australia Leads Lithium Production. Workforce Skills. Meat Consumption.

Chart of the Day #129 looks at Workforce Skills, Meat Consumption, and Critical Minerals.

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Today's Topics

🎓 Workforce Skills. Cross-cultural competence voted the most important skill for business school grads
🥩 Meat Consumption.  9% decline in global pork consumption since 2018
🪨 Critical Minerals. Australia leads the lithium market with over 80K tons produced

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🎓 Cross-Cultural Competence Voted the Most Important Skill for Business School Grads

Employers in 2023 are seeking business school graduates with a diverse set of communication and technological skills. Employers highly value cross-cultural competence and multilingualism, with 81% and 77% ranking them as the most crucial skills. Additionally, skills in Web3, blockchain, and VR are fundamental, with 80% of employers voting them as such. Interestingly, less employers deemed nonverbal communication and writing as a critical skill.

🥩 9% Decline in Global Pork Consumption Since 2018

Poultry meat led the growth in meat consumption in 2021, reaching 132 million tons. Pork followed as the second most consumed meat, despite a significant decline of over 9% since 2018. Beef and veal came in third, showing comparatively slow growth over the years, with consumption nearly half that of poultry, while sheep and goat meat had the lowest consumption globally.

🪨 Australia Leads the Lithium Market With Over 80K Tons Produced 

Australia led global lithium production in 2023 with 86,000 tons, almost twice as much as the second-largest producer. Chile followed at 44,000 tons, and China ranked third at 33,000 tons. These countries dominate due to their vast lithium reserves, advanced mining technologies, and substantial investments in lithium extraction and processing infrastructure, positioning them as key suppliers for the growing battery industry.

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