Government figures tell us that unemployment is at nearly ten percent and is likely to stay at that level for the foreseeable future. That is only part of the story, though. If we add in the number of people who are out of work but not counted by the Dept. of Labor as “unemployed” we find that as of May 1, 2010 the rate is over 17%, or nearly 28 million people. Despite this vast pool of job-seekers, employers cry that they can’t find workers.
But if you look behind all the press releases you’ll find another story.
This is a fairly long article for a website. If you don’t wish to plow through it, here are the high points, vastly oversimplified:
* What used to be good-paying American jobs are being sent overseas at a terrible rate, with professional jobs going nearly as fast as they are being created. (And it’s not going to stop.)
* There is no general labor shortage in the U.S. (People are looking for jobs all over the place.)
* There is not likely to be one in the foreseeable future. (Our birthrate and legal immigration alone are outstripping the creation of jobs in America.)
* World population is growing at a faster rate than world job creation. (And those people will be looking to come here for a job, just as they do now.)
* America’s inattention to its immigration laws for forty years has allowed employers to become addicted to an endless stream of labor. (And that suppresses wages.)
* American jobs should go to American workers first so they can pursue the American Dream. (Illegal aliens, or even legalized aliens should not be allowed to underbid them for it.)