To judge from the job listings, welders are in high demand.
Manufacturers across the Upper Midwest will tell anyone who listens that they have jobs to offer – more than 2,000 welding positions in Minnesota alone – but not enough solid applicants. They point to a “skills gap” between the jobs available and the people out looking for work.
Textbook economics says this should be good news for anyone who can strap on a helmet and make the sparks fly. If good welders truly are hard to find, employers should pay more to get them on board.
Yet that isn’t happening, leading some economists to question whether the skills gap is really the issue.