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What are the factors of our unemployment and how do we fix it?
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Education, Not Tax Cuts or Stimulus, Will Fix Unemployment - John A. Farrell (usnews.com)

Education, Not Tax Cuts or Stimulus, Will Fix Unemployment - John A. Farrell (usnews.com) | The unemployment problem, lack of work or laziness? | Scoop.it
The hollowing out of the American manufacturing sector has cost us mightily.
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The case for fixing the economy by doing nothing - Jan. 8, 2009

The case for fixing the economy by doing nothing - Jan. 8, 2009 | The unemployment problem, lack of work or laziness? | Scoop.it

Congress will soon debate what kind of economic stimulus package should be passed, but some economists are increasingly wondering whether it's a good idea to approve any stimulus at all.

   A good many people (politicians) think that the best way to spur the economy is to give out money for people to spend.  The problem, and any good capitalist will tell you, is that you can't force the economy by spending money.  The best way to fix our economy is with old fashion hard work.  Oh, and production.  Lots of production, which we don't do anymore.

 

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Apples anyone?

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"Americans refusing to take immigrant jobs in Alabama... only to show up late, work slower and quit on first day"

    When your grandfather got a job, he was probably thankful for it and made that job his profession.  Currently, people choose their professions and expect to find a job in that field.  What happened to the days when people were happy with just having jobs?  Maybe americans are being a little too picky when it comes to job searches. 

 

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25 Million Americans Are Unemployed Or Can't Find Full-Time Work : NPR

25 Million Americans Are Unemployed Or Can't Find Full-Time Work : NPR | The unemployment problem, lack of work or laziness? | Scoop.it
The unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in May. Dig a little deeper, and the picture looks even worse. Here are a few key numbers.
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Finding the Right Employees

Finding the Right Employees | The unemployment problem, lack of work or laziness? | Scoop.it

       This article points out a problem with the unemployment here in the US.  It focuses on the fact that companies are expecting too much from applicants, therefore they are forced to sit on a job opening for months before it is filled.    Employers want their candidates to have the job experience needed for the position so that they do not have to train the applicant.  So basically, if one does not already have a job in the position they are applying for, then they cant get the job.  When there is a large number of fresh college grads and plenty of emplyees available for companies to hire from within, there is really no excuse for positions to go unfilled.

        There are several solutions to the problem, such as; bringing in apprenticeship programs, promoting from within,  and paying for employees to go back to school.  The costliest solution would be to send people back to school.  The benefits could easily outweigh the losses when a company devlops its' own stock of workers with professional degrees.  An apprenticeship program could also work out easily and without much cost, since the workers would be paid a reduced salary throughout their training.  The easiest and most cost efficient way by far would be to simply promote from within.  If companies give their employees a reason to strive or a competitive environment,  they would easily be able to pick out the "go-to" guys for promotions. It is easy to see that the problem of untrained labor is growing in the states, but there are remedies and steps employers can take to train underqualified job applicants.

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Unemployed, or Unwilling to Work?

Unemployed, or Unwilling to Work? | The unemployment problem, lack of work or laziness? | Scoop.it
It's no secret to those that know us personally that both my wife and I changed jobs recently.  I stayed in the IT field, while my wife left the corporate office and is now managing a retail store...
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What is Poverty in the United States: Air Conditioning, Cable TV and an Xbox

What is Poverty in the United States: Air Conditioning, Cable TV and an Xbox | The unemployment problem, lack of work or laziness? | Scoop.it

The average poor family in the U.S. has a computer, air conditioning, cable TV and an Xbox. It is not hungry and is well-housed.   

It's funny to see, even though you already know.  People in the States aren't really poor.  Even the poor people have heat, and air.  Has our standard of living grown so out of control that someone who does not have everything, at least in the physical sense, is considered poor?  When I was 6 we had no microwave, no TV, we ate second hand food and wore second hand clothes.  At that time we were part of lower middle class. Currently I have no microwave or game system, but I eat once a day, sleep in a warm bed, and I am adequately clothed.  I am considered a poor person, but I am not poor.  Does the average american ask for too much?

 

 

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Cina Aissa's comment, April 14, 2012 5:47 AM
great stuff, thanks Justin!
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With All This Unemployment, Where Are The Workers? - Gases & Welding Blog | Welding & Gases Today

With All This Unemployment, Where Are The Workers? - Gases & Welding Blog | Welding & Gases Today | The unemployment problem, lack of work or laziness? | Scoop.it
In the midst of a dismal economy characterized by high unemployment, it seems counterintuitive to hear companies say they are having trouble finding qualified employees. Such is the case for many companies.
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Employers Ready to Hire Can’t Find Workers Among 9.1% Unemployed

Employers Ready to Hire Can’t Find Workers Among 9.1% Unemployed | The unemployment problem, lack of work or laziness? | Scoop.it

     Out of the 9.1% (30 million) unemployed in the US.  Many employers can't find help.  Employers like Begal a flood, disaster, and mold remediation company have been trying to hire for a year now.  (I called them today to follow up on the article and they are still trying to fill 13 month vacant positions).  Many companies find that applicants have been out of work for so long that their skills have eroded.  Many companies find that applicants are "dart" searching and haven't even investigated the positions they are applying to. 

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Washington apple growers scrambling to find workers

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        In Washington, apple farmers are struggling to find the labor they need to harvest this years crop before winter.    Apple farming,  1.5 billion dollar a year industry, needs all the workers it can get at harvest time.  The problem is that 75% of the workers on these farms are illegal immigrants that work seasonally.  With strict immigration laws and the cartels in border towns, the flow of workers coming from mexico has slowed to a standstill.  The growers have tried to fill the unfilled picker positions with Americans, but after one or two days of picking, most of them quit.  The work is back-breaking and extremely physical.  "Growers say they were paying an average of $25 per bin or more — up from $20 a year ago. A fast, experienced worker can pick about 10 bins a day." -Thats about a $1000 a week for a good worker after taxes. 

        

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