I know that on the tree of pundit takedowns, Thomas Friedman is right there alongside David Brooks in the low-hanging fruit category. But I still love how Dean Baker does it, what with his devious use of facts ‘n’ stuff:
Friedman [….] complains that the United States is suffering from a skills mismatch telling readers that:
“The Labor Department reported two weeks ago that even with our high national unemployment rate, employers advertised 3.74 million job openings in March. That is, in part, about a skills mismatch.”
Actually, it’s not very much about a skills mismatch. The number of job openings in the economy is still down by more than 25 percent from its levels in 2000.
As usual, when Friedman tries to make the skills mismatch argument he mostly is showing his lack of the skills appropriate for someone writing on economic policy for major national newspaper.