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Although the majority of Americans are literate, thatdoesn't mean illiteracy isn't a workplace obstacle.Productivity is sagging, errors are skyrocketing, and many problemscan be attributed directly to employee inadequacies with thewritten word. Eunice Askov, a professor of atPennsylvania State University in University Park, unravels thisparadox: "Very few people are illiterate if that means theycan't read or write at all. But millions face seriouschallenges keeping up with the demand to read and write on thejob."

How many millions? More than 40 million Americans 16 years ofage and older have only rudimentary and skills,according to the . That's how manyqualify at Level 1 in a five-level scoring of literacy. Level 1means an individual can sign his or her name but can't makesense of a benefits write-up, reliably read a map, or accuratelyfill out a Social Security card application.

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