The Myth of the Skills Gap

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | buzz

Governor Walker’s website contains a page devoted to workforce development. On that page, the Governor states that “Wisconsin is facing a significant skills gap, which needs to be immediately addressed.” This has become a common theme among the Walker administration and business leaders, such as Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce: there are plenty of jobs, it’s just the workers don’t have the skills necessary to do the work. But is the “skills gap” really true? William Holahan is the former chair of economics at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Michael Rosen is the chair of economics at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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