A trade group for the software industry claiming there are a quarter million software jobs open around the country. Yet oddly, when people with years of experience apply for these positions they are routinely told they don't have the experience the company is looking for.
Indeed. This is part of the "have to find a pink unicorn" philosophy of corporate hiring brought about by the disposable worker phenomenon. That is: Companies only want to hire the special snowflake that already has 100% of the skills and knowledge they want because they are willing to invest $0 in training them to do the job. Once upon a time, experience in related (but not identical) skills and tools were considered a good measurement of whether you could learn something and be good at a job involving it. Nowadays, you're totally disqualified if you're not an absolutely exact match.
Not coincidentally, this same philosophy leads to the endless import of H1-Bs willing to work for 40% less than an American, and is espoused by a very strongly correlated and overlapping group of folks. Most of the people preaching "skill shortage!" also are the ones proposing the solution is to import cheap labor from abroad.