No Skill Mismatch in a Healthy Labor Market
I sometimes hear businessmen blame high levels of joblessness on "skill-mismatch" whereby available workers just don't have the know-how to do the jobs that are available.He gives the example skilled baristas. In the DC area the unemployment rate is 5.5% and employers are required to train them and they do. On the other side of the coin is Portland where the unemployment rate is 8.3% and there are plenty of skilled baristas so employers don't train.
I was an engineer in electronics manufacturing for over 30 years. We were always looking for talented assemblers but there were never enough. We brought untrained people in and trained them. We would first put them in a job that required little training. If they showed potential we would give them a couple of hours of training a week in increase their skill level. The very talented would eventually reach the level of technician or machine operator.
But that's not something that happens when an economy is not healthy. Even if there is a shortage of workers with a particular skill employers hesitate to invest the time and money in training. So the problem is not so much a skill mismatch but an unhealthy economy.