Skills Gap Misery Index

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Current Skills Gap Misery Index

140.1

A reading of 100 or more means the skills gap has widened since December 2000 and a reading of under 100 means it is improving.

The Skills Gap Misery Index is refreshed monthly and calculated by adding the job openings in the JOLT report to the number of Americans in the U-6 Unemployment Rate.


The Skills Gap Misery Index was initiated by CIO Magazine Publisher Emeritus Gary J. Beach. Beach has been studying the skills gap problem for a number of years and has authored numerous articles on the subject.


In 2013, he published a book titled The U.S. Technology Skills Gap. The index is created by taking the “job openings” number identified in the monthly Job Opening Labor Turnover (JOLT) report and adding the number of Americans included in the monthly U-6 Unemployment Rate.

Skills Gap Misery Index Data:


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Date Skills Gap Misery Index
Apr-16 140.1
Mar-16 140.2
Feb-16 138.6
Jan-16 140.0
Dec-15 140.4
Nov-15 138.9
Oct-15 137.2
Sep-15 140.3
Aug-15 142.1
Jul-15 145.1
Jun-15 143.5
May-15 146.6
Apr-15 146.2
Mar-15 145.5
Feb-15 146.6
Jan-15 148.1
Dec-14 146.3
Nov-14 148.1
Oct-14 148.5
Sep-14 149.1
Aug-14 153.6
Jul-14 154.0
Jun-14 151.7
May-14 151.7
Apr-14 152.1
Mar-14 153.3
Feb-14 152.8
Jan-14 151.8
Dec-13 156.0
Nov-13 156.6
Oct-13 162.2
Sep-13 160.1
Aug-13 159.5
Jul-13 160.8
Jun-13 164.7
May-13 160.5
Apr-13 162.3
Mar-13 160.5
Feb-13 166.2
Jan-13 166.0
Dec-12 163.9
Nov-12 164.3
Oct-12 164.0
Sep-12 165.9
Aug-12 164.9
Jul-12 166.3
Jun-12 167.5
May-12 166.8
Apr-12 164.3
Mar-12 164.8
Feb-12 167.0
Jan-12 169.6
Dec-11 168.3
Nov-11 168.7
Oct-11 172.8
Sep-11 178.2
Aug-11 173.1
Jul-11 173.1
Jun-11 173.3
May-11 169.1
Apr-11 172.3
Mar-11 170.3
Feb-11 170.5
Jan-11 171.1
Dec-10 174.7
Nov-10 178.5
Oct-10 175.2
Sep-10 175.1
Aug-10 173.0
Jul-10 172.5
Jun-10 171.2
May-10 174.4
Apr-10 179.8
Mar-10 176.3
Feb-10 174.6
Jan-10 172.9
Dec-09 175.0
Nov-09 174.9
Oct-09 174.6
Sep-09 171.5
Aug-09 170.8
Jul-09 167.2
Jun-09 170.3
May-09 171.0
Apr-09 164.8
Mar-09 166.2
Feb-09 163.6
Jan-09 154.6
Dec-08 151.7
Nov-08 142.8
Oct-08 137.3
Sep-08 129.5
Aug-08 130.6
Jul-08 129.1
Jun-08 124.7
May-08 123.2
Apr-08 117.4
Mar-08 117.7
Feb-08 117.0
Jan-08 120.3
Dec-07 117.1
Nov-07 112.8
Oct-07 112.7
Sep-07 114.1
Aug-07 114.2
Jul-07 113.7
Jun-07 114.2
May-07 112.4
Apr-07 112.4
Mar-07 111.2
Feb-07 111.8
Jan-07 114.5
Dec-06 109.2
Nov-06 111.6
Oct-06 111.2
Sep-06 109.6
Aug-06 112.8
Jul-06 111.3
Jun-06 112.0
May-06 110.7
Apr-06 110.2
Mar-06 111.3
Feb-06 111.5
Jan-06 111.1
Dec-05 112.6
Nov-05 114.1
Oct-05 113.1
Sep-05 115.9
Aug-05 113.9
Jul-05 113.4
Jun-05 114.0
May-05 111.6
Apr-05 113.5
Mar-05 113.6
Feb-05 115.0
Jan-05 113.1
Dec-04 113.9
Nov-04 112.9
Oct-04 118.0
Sep-04 114.4
Aug-04 113.4
Jul-04 116.1
Jun-04 112.8
May-04 115.7
Apr-04 114.1
Mar-04 117.3
Feb-04 114.4
Jan-04 115.9
Dec-03 114.5
Nov-03 116.1
Oct-03 117.1
Sep-03 117.8
Aug-03 116.3
Jul-03 117.8
Jun-03 119.0
May-03 116.0
Apr-03 116.8
Mar-03 114.4
Feb-03 118.5
Jan-03 118.8
Dec-02 112.6
Nov-02 115.4
Oct-02 113.8
Sep-02 112.5
Aug-02 113.5
Jul-02 112.7
Jun-02 111.7
May-02 113.1
Apr-02 113.7
Mar-02 112.8
Feb-02 112.3
Jan-02 113.7
Dec-01 114.7
Nov-01 112.6
Oct-01 112.3
Sep-01 109.6
Aug-01 104.9
Jul-01 104.1
Jun-01 104.2
May-01 102.0
Apr-01 102.7
Mar-01 101.5
Feb-01 103.1
Jan-01 106.2
Dec-00 100.0

The most recent SGMI calculation is based on preliminary numbers provided by the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This calculation is subject to change once the final numbers have been posted.

Note from BLS website: With the release of January 2016 data on March 17, job openings, hires, and separations data have been revised from December 2000 forward to incorporate annual updates to the Current Employment Statistics employment estimates and the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) seasonal adjustment factors. In addition, all data series are now available on a seasonally adjusted basis. Tables showing the revisions from 2000 through 2015 can be found using this link: http://www.bls.gov/jlt/revisiontables.htm.

In January 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised data from December 2000 forward to incorporate annual updates to the Current Employment Statistics employment estimates and the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) seasonal adjustment factors. The numbers reflected in the SGMI calculations reflect the numbers prior to this update.