Is the lack of skill keeping people from getting jobs?

Did you know that according to a survey taken by the American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor, over half of Americans believe that the reason employable adults aren’t working is due to lack of skills? It’s not that they don’t have them, it’s that they don’t have the skills for the jobs they really want.

The other top reasons that Americans believe that people searching for jobs, or can’t find them are:-There are few jobs open in their specific skill set, trade, or field of work.

-They do not live in areas where the job opportunities they would like are available.

-They’re searching for jobs with working hours that are flexible.

-Throughout the job search, they have become discouraged and aren’t wanting to keep looking.

When asked if they think that the U.S. is currently in a job seeker’s market or an employer’s market, they were split. However, after being given definitions on the difference, 44% of people said that it’s a job seekers’ market while 38% say that it’s an employers’ market and that the opportunities for job seekers are limited. However, though the public believes that people can’t find work due to a skills gap, ASA president and chief, Richard Wahlquist said, “This gap is real, but with close to seven million job openings in America, it’s clearly a job seeker’s market with an abundance of opportunity. You can learn more about how they conducted this poll and about the American Staffing Association at