Newsmakers: The Skills Gap Myth
UW-Milwaukee Professor Marc Levine, whose controversial February study found no "skills gap" in Wisconsin, defended that conclusion in a Newsmakers interview June 28 on the Marquette campus. Levine also discussed what he calls the "inverse skills gap," which he defines as college graduates having to settle for jobs as bartenders, waiters and in retail clerks. He also debunked the claim by some business executives that there is a shortage of welders. Levine predicted slow job growth in Wisconsin for the next two years, which would mean that Gov. Scott Walker will not achieve his four-year goal of creating 250,000 new private sector jobs by early 2015.