This book sheds new light on the twin processes of skill gain and loss. Its findings are based on the Adult Literacy and Life Skills survey conducted in Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Norway, and the United States in 2003 and 2004. Learning a Living opens with an explanation of the goals and conceptual approach of the survey and comparative profiles of adult skills in participating countries. It then looks at the relationship between education and skills and adult learning and skills. Additional chapters compare the employability of younger and older populations in participating countries, skills and economic outcomes, skills and information and communications technologies, skills and immigration, the effects of parental education on skills, and the effect of skills on health.