Skill mismatches have risen sharply during this recession, with considerable heterogeneity across states (Figures 1 and 2). Mismatches are now near or at peak historical levels in numerous states, mostly the ones with a large manufacturing sector. States that had specific characteristics (e.g., Delaware—a financial hub; Hawaii—highly reliant on tourism; and Michigan—an auto hub) experienced disproportionate increases in skill mismatches.
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