Summary of “The Myth of the Skills Gap”

Proponents of the idea tell an intuitively appealing story: information technology has hit American firms like a whirlwind, intensifying demand for technical skills and leaving unprepared American workers in the dust.
The mismatch between high employer requirements and low employee skills leads to bad outcomes such as high unemployment and slow economic growth.
The basic strategy is to ask: what skills do employers demand, and do the employers that demand high skill levels have trouble hiring workers?
The data imply that we should be careful about calling for more technical skills without specifying which skills we are talking about.
My data show that employers looking for higher-level computer skills generally do not have a harder time filling job openings.
Proponents of the skill-gap theory sometimes assert that the problem, if not a lack of STEM skills, is actually the result of a poor attitude or inadequate soft skills among younger workers.
Only 15 percent of computer help desks demand programming, a number that is slightly lower than the percentage of manufacturing plants that require programming skills for their production workers.
We would ultimately like to ratchet up both employer skill requirements and employee skill levels, but doing so requires that we think not only about adjusting worker skill levels, but also about changing employer behavior.

The orginal article.