A skills and knowledge gap is keeping unemployment high.
UPDATE: This New York Times article titled, "Skills Don't Pay the Bills"
at first blush seems to be painting a position opposite of my post, saying that American employers have lowered wages so low that it doesn't matter what skills you have, workers can't afford to work for them. However, if you read to the last line of the article, you'll see the conclusion is the same: we need to get better at learning at all ages and levels -- fast -- if the USA wants to stay a world-player in the 21st century.
We've all heard the mantra of "jobs, jobs, jobs." We hear the stories of companies they receiving hundreds of resumes for every job opening advertised. This naturally creates the idea that jobs are scarce out there.
But did you know that there are presently 3.6 MILLION job openings in America right now? (As of the last day of September, 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Report, Nov 6, 2012.) And that number has remained unchanged since August.