Jobs in an ‘Acute Talent Shortage’

July 26, 2011

As John ‘The Boner’ Boehner blubbered last night about not “going mano-a-mano with the President of the United States” after trying to refute President Obama on the debt ceiling shit-storm, the mass of US peoples are hurting for work.

The Boner and his GOP suck buddies haven’t a clue (or if they do, don’t give a shit) how cruel this current financial nightmare is for folks seeking jobs even as everyone knows the cry baby hasn’t anywhere the balls to stand man-to-man with Obama — the US suffers while these assholes play.
One the biggest screw-ups the past three years is the lack of any kind of heavy-duty employment program to work out the kinks on the pipeline for the millions of jobless to regain some kind of work history.

(Illustration found here).

And the employment trouble in real time is horrible.
From CNN on Monday:

Has anyone in Washington noticed that 20 percent of American men are not working?
That’s right.
One out of five men in this country are collecting unemployment, in prison, on disability, operating in the underground economy, or getting by on the paychecks of wives or girlfriends or parents.
The equivalent number in 1970, according to the McKinsey Global Institute, was 7 percent.

This is a conversation that goes beyond a stubbornly high 9.2 percent unemployment rate and last week’s unnerving news that company layoffs are ticking up again.
While we all know there is a job shortage, employers are increasingly talking about a “talent shortage” — they can’t find qualified workers even for the jobs that are available.
“We found that 30 percent of companies surveyed had openings for six months or longer, and can’t find the right person,” says Susan Lund, research director for the McKinsey Global Institute

The longer a worker is unemployed, the farther he or she falls behind in sellable skills in a fast-paced global economy.
But there is an even more fundamental question behind the rise in long-term employed rates: Are our public policies contributing to the rise of millions of Americans who lose the habit of work?
Whether you believe (as some economists do) that unemployment insurance discourages immediate job searching — or not — it’s worth asking whether the American “unemployment” system should more closely follow a program like Germany’s “re-employment” system, which cut stubborn long-term unemployment rates in that country.
And then there is federal disability insurance, where the percent of American adults collecting checks has doubled since 1989 — even though the American population isn’t any less healthy, or more mentally disabled (the fastest growing disability claim).
“It is difficult to overstate the role that the [disability program] plays in discouraging…the ongoing employment of non-elderly adults,” concludes a study by MIT’s David H. Autor and the University of Maryland’s Mark Duggan.

And like a lot of other shit, the employment situation in the US needs an overhaul.
Or get The Boner out on the street looking for a job, maybe then he can go mano-a-mano with a yard broom.

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