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Skill Shortage, Mismatch and Deficiency Repository

Posted by LMI Win-Win Network - On June 10, 2013 (EST)

The existence and extent of skill deficiencies, shortages, and mismatches has been a topic of keen interest for decades.  Since 2000, several new data sets — especially the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey — have shed light on this important topic.

 

Although many have used the foregoing terms interchangeably, they reflect separate but inter-related topics.  Labor shortages differ from skill shortages, and skill deficiencies, shortages and mismatches are different things.  Whatever topic analysts choose to examine, there has been considerable disagreement about whether a problem exists, and if so how serious it is.

 

To help inform this ongoing discussion, ETA staff have created this repository of research studies and other resources.  So far we have included about three dozen studies.  To access the full listings, click here:  SKILL SHORTAGE, MISMATCH AND DEFICIENCY REPOSITORY.

 

The most recent studies are shown first.  Since analysts typically cover several different sub-topics, a conventional bibliography is unworkable.  Instead, in the table we indicate the type of problem(s) each author analyzes; the supply and demand factors examined; whether the study examines the present or past trends vs. projections or forecasts; and whether the study examines the nation, states, and/or localities.  This detail will make it easier for you to determine which study best meets your interests.

 

This repository is a work in progress, and only includes complete information for the newest studies.  Except for a few clearly-written conceptual pieces, we are restricting this repository to studies that analyze at least some data.  We are certain that we’ve missed some useful work, especially at the state level, so PLEASE suggest additional research, tools, or resources by posting a comment in the field below or by sending documents to the LMI Win-Win Network at win-win.network@dol.gov.

 

 

In the table, we abbreviate survey names as follows.

 

ACS:  American Community Survey (Census Bureau)

CES:  Current Employment Statistics (BLS)

CPS:  Current Population Survey (Census Bureau and BLS)

HWOL:  Help-Wanted OnLine (Conference Board)

JOLTS:  Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (BLS)

OES:  Occupational Employment Statistics (BLS)




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