Job retraining programs and career-focused education are cool, but skills mismatch just isn’t a big problem with the economy. Business owners who say they can’t find qualified workers are either terrible at business, or are pulling your leg. If they can’t find qualified workers, it’s because they’re not offering high enough wages.
Business types like higher unemployment because it means they have more leverage to lowball employees on wages. Right now the wages they’re offering are too low to clear the market. This is why people need to be hollering not just for some good-enough response to the unemployment crisis from Congress and the Fed,but specifically for full employment policies. We want a tight tight tight labor market that gives workers lots of bargaining power over employers, lots of leverage to quit, demand raises and all the good stuff.