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    Eric Nelson

    a "skills gap" results in higher pay offers for those higher-skilled jobs. It also leads to employers running training programs -- sometimes even paid ones -- for the skills they need.

    In the current job market, OTH, employers are advertising for jobs that require very specific skills (fluency with particular software packages, for example), plus long, rotating, or essentially unlimited hours (impossible for working parents and some others), and are offering pay of in some cases under $10 an hour, sometimes as high as $12-15, but nowhere near what it should be for the skills they claim they need.

    To me, that's the strongest evidence that the skills-gap claim is mostly just smoke and mirrors.

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