An inability to find skilled people for open jobs is frequently referred to as the "skills gap," and while some debate its existence, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data seems to support the idea that available workers just don't have the skills employers are looking for today. That, however, is where the commonality ends.
Regions experience the skills shortage differently, as do industries. The gap appears to be worst in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas, according to BLS data.
As far as industries go, the hardest-hit segments according to BLS are: construction; arts, entertainment and recreation; and retail trade.