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Who is to blame for millions of unfilled jobs in America?

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  • me

    Unemployment benefits, welfare, food stamps, and medicaid are all so generous. Why bother working?!

  • Karen

    so that you can be proud of yourself for accomplishing tasks, so that you’re not at the mercy of do nothing taxpayer paid congressmen & senators who want to take away or cut your benefits so they can give the money to their 1% campaign donors, so that you’re not a moocher

  • Mike

    Unemployment extension after extension deserves part of the blame for many of the unfilled jobs. Many able bodied people would rather collect a handout than earn a paycheck. Sad! I see it first hand as a hiring manager.

  • Ann Bloodgood Rommel

    My great-great grandfather was instrumental in helping to found the first public schools in NYC. The dirty little secret is that they did this so that they could have workers who could read, write and count… and the taxpayers paid for their education!

  • invisable_man

    you’re kidding, right? Here the unemployment is HALF of your former salary. So if you were laid off a minimum wage job you’re benefits are roughly $120/week. Generous indeed.

  • Simos

    The quality of life that these programs supplement is not terrific. Assistance with basic living is not a disincentive to work. Where is your humanity?

  • invisable_man

    Peter Capelli hit the nail on the head. I’m astonished that for years all these pundits, researchers, commentators, the media have been so tunnel visioned over this point. All this talk about having skills is a lot of phooey and a joke. If I’ve said this once I’ve said it a thousand times. SKILLS DON’T MEAN SQUAT TO ANYBODY. You can have all kinds of skills and aptitude dripping out of your eyes and ears but if you don’t have the experience, if you don’t have the background you won’t get anywhere. You can look, plan, get educated, do this and that and follow all the A-B-C, 1-2-3 steps as much as you want but when one thing doesn’t lead into another, when your only networking contacts can’t or won’t help, finding a decent job is like looking for a ghost – like playing the lottery.

    I’ve spent 30 years “looking for a job”. I see all the time positions I really wish I could apply to. But when I see requirement such as a masters degree plus at least 10 years proven experience in a professional setting, five solid work related references and demonstrated knowledge of a litany of proprietary methodologies/protocols and geeky sounding acronyms you’re written off as a rank, thick-skulled wannabe. The longer it goes on the harder it gets. If all you hear your whole working life is “…sorry, not enough experience” you get nowhere and IF you’re lucky you may end up on the back of a lawn mower for six months or standing all day at a cash register.

  • Mike Mathwig

    Corporations are who should set up training for thier profits. Corporations have a policy of externalizing any costs that they possibly can. YOU let them and THEY will!’Take away thier fruadulant “personhood” and this shift to THEM paying for the means to thier money making will be much simpler. Corporations have been conninthe taxpayer into paying costs of thier business for decades and the politicians are glad to help them sneak this crud through. It’s called “lobbying”. I suspect that if they were not “persons” (which they are not, by the way) that they would be barred from lobbying goverment. I’d be surprised and disheartened to find out that that is not the case.

  • Mike Mathwig

    Invisable, you got that right!. If people had the exterience etc. that corporations wanted them to have to get a job(and now many private small companies also) they would be stupid not to start thier own business’s instead of tring to hire on with these self absorbed clowns.

  • Mike Mathwig

    To me. The one above this post who has lousy math scores. You are a failure at simple addition. You should be subtracted from comments.

  • Still Looking

    The interesting thing is that I find that people who have survived this recession, merely because the person’s thumb that thumbs across the HR file hasn’t landed on their file, don’t know anything about the recession. To them, they’ve heard stories of people who’ve become unemployed and remained so for a long time but to them, it is no more than “suffering through” higher prices for milk or gas. They are as numb as the bosses who will eventually lay them off. Sometimes just as lacking in skill, also. I’ve heard them call themselves the chosen ones. For some, they are the chosen ones who will be let go of at a later age, when it will be more difficult to recover than it would be if they were laid off now. They just don’t see it coming, so in their day-to-day, they are good, willing, qualified workers, quite unlike the unemployed. Living in a bubble until a pin comes along . . .

    Meanwhile they believe none of what the unemployed actually experience. That we often spend more time applying for a job than they do working. That the unemployed often spend more time educating themselves to match the job market than someone sitting sure and comfy in their cubicle. That if they bothered to look at all of the “jobs” that are currently out there, they’d find that, particularly in the technological fields, that the bevy of acronyms attached to job qualifications, would leave them feeling that they have the same qualifications for current jobs as their parents. That often times, what these technologically-heavy jobs pay and the hours that may be required, will make you feel as if the previous generation hit the lottery by being able to afford a home on a mere day job of a few years ago.

    What they’re also not used to is the hiding of grey hair and the removal of dates from your resume, when you haven’t even hit 40 or 50. Got plenty of experience? Don’t highlight that too much as, you’re dead wood. They may think they’re young but, not by today’s terms. The staying in shape, not just to look good but, because you are really going to need to energy to perform all of those new tasks. When they do lose their jobs, and they likely will at some point, they’ll have to get used to the fact that no matter what a perfect fit you are for a job, no matter how much everything “clicked” when you interviewed, no matter how ready you are for your first day that you have a 0-2% chance of receiving the courtesy of a denial letter, let alone a job offer. That if you do get a job, before you stop living off of your unemployment and retirement benefits, that it’s far less likely that it will be permanent with medical benefits, sick and vacation days, so you can just about forget about planning for the future, buying a car, or a home – ever. That if you’re in a technological field that it’s not just the recession that’s killing you but, the fact that some jobs have gone online/remote. So you’re in competition with someone in another country, who has a lower cost of living, who will beat what you cost any day of the week. That if you’ve been working all along on pursuing or advancing your career, that you might have to toss that overboard for a job in a shipyard or something “shovel ready” in another part of the country. They may not use the term “shovel ready” anymore because it pissed off office people who were being laid off a few years ago but, it’s still a reality.

    So when I hear the unknowledgeable, snide remarks from people who do have jobs, I know it comes from people who are as knowledgeable about what’s going on as a baby knows about doing taxes.

  • Mike Mathwig

    Yeah! Corporations should foot the bill for half the education in america. People go to college for years and then find out they use very little of that on the job. They have to learn what the company feels they SHOULD have learned and have to be trained from, nearly, the ground up. Seems the only reason they went was to simply demonstrate showing up for a period of time. Public schools can teach a person how to learn. Then business can pay for the what!

  • Mike Mathwig

    And when there IS no other paycheck mr. h r ? Or are you not aware that many lost jobs and no one would HIRE them? What rock have you been under for four years? (hint to ya), even extensions don’t last that long. But I guess hiring managers do. Now that one sure puzzels me!

  • Karen

    True, but the longer one is on unemployment the less marketable you are because you lose skills.

  • Karen

    If corporations paid 1/2 of the education cost in this country, these corporations will just pass the cost to their customers (the taxpayers) because management at these corporations aren’t altruistic. They’re only concerned about profits, what their corporation stock is worth every quarter & what benefits their corporations will receive after providing campaign donations & lobbying our congressmen & senators

  • @KaylaWildflower

    It’s amazing how coddled profitable corporations are these days. States are so desperate for employers that they bribe them to come. We taxpayers are supporting executive salaries, shareholder profits, and costs of doing business!

  • @KaylaWildflower

    Corporations have been lobbying hard since the 1970′s, long before they recently became persons.

  • Kevin W. Younger

    The astronomical rise in the price of oil has caused global financial shortfalls and no one has said anything about it. Higher fuel prices, higher transportation cost, higher prices in stores etc.

  • Yabba Dabba

    Discrminating against people who are long-term unemployed is wrong. No excuses for it. If the person has the skills and ability to do the job, they should be given the opportunity and the amount of time they’ve been out of work should not matter. Most workers are hired on probation. If they can’t do the work, it will soon be known.
    The practice of blatantly refusing to consider someone for a job unless they have a job has to stop. We should have legislation in all states forbidding the practice. Fines should be imposed on employers who in good faith do not give the long-term unemployed a fair change to apply for a job and be evaluation based on their ability to do the job and not how long they’ve been without one. Can people learn and be trained? Few people are born a genius that knows how to do it all without being taught first. If that wasn’t the case, we wouldn’t need schools or universities, we’d alll know everythig. Even people with jobs have to be trained and often are given mandatory refresher courses in skills or regulations they must follow. Employers who discriminate based on employment status should be humiliiated in the press for doing so and the consumer should boycott those companies. We want people to buy American, then we shoud want employers to hire American, too!

  • Elena Alejandra

    Congress, Congress, CONGRESS. And the White House too.

    Where are the job inducing bills?

    But concerning this question, I believe the answer is both. The educational infrastructure was adequate for the world 30 yrs ago, not now. The food industry, for example thrives on severely underpaying their employees, and its their fault for not unionizing and lobbying, But most of all is the dirty money fueling the white house and congress’s fat asses.

  • jojomom

    Although I think it is great for the states to step up and train people the problem is the companies no longer train employees. When I graduated from college with an accounting degree I still needed training which I received from my employer. And my husband received years of training while working for the phone company. Corporations need to stop pawning off their responsiblities. Just like they have stopped paying for retirements for all but top executives and made workers save for their own retirements in 401ks and IRAs, pensions don’t seem to exist anymore.

  • Colorado Conservative

    I vote neither! I blame the Obama policies. There are plenty of skilled people who are unemployed. Obama policies have stifled the economy.

  • hillndale

    When my dad was young apprenticeships were the way to learn many a trade. Today employers want (very expensive!) college degrees for just about everything, including non-professional jobs, but after that are unwilling to put forth any time or effort themselves to help their employees succeed. Four-year hospitality degrees? Really? Journalists used to be taught pretty much on the job way back; now they need a master’s?? And tuition at the local state college is TEN times what it was 35 years ago when I went. It is true that college is needed today for plenty of professional positions, but we seem to have fallen into the trap of supporting an industry that at this point is more about making money for itself than in preparing students for jobs.

  • Karen

    Correct especially since the house republican politicians promised voters that if voters gave control of the house back to them in 11/10, they would help create jobs. We gave them back control of the house in 11/10 & they haven’t done anything to help create jobs. What they have done is cause employers not to create more jobs because of the uncertainty the house republicans have created. The president & the democrats in congress are to blame as well but the president & democrats DIDN’T promise voters in 11/10 or 11/12 that they would help create jobs.