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Jobs are available but Americans lack skills

The employment picture is clearly improving, but one trend is also clear—Americans lack the skills to fill all the job openings.

Monthly job growth of 200,000 or more, a four-week average in unemployment claims on par with 2007 levels and a big jump in job openings all point to improvement.

The latest anecdote on the jobs market was Tuesday's release of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey. The survey showed that there were a surprising 4.5 million job openings in April, a nearly 7 percent increase from the March level of 4.2 million.

At the same time, the ratio of unemployed job seekers compared to job openings fell to 2.19 in April, off from the 2.51 in March and the lowest reading since June 2008, according to Barclays.

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