posted on Feb, 11 2015 @ 07:57 PM
Welcome! If you are like me and my closest associates, you are probably too smart to be properly employed in the current scheme of the world
economics game. That is unless, of course, you have valuable friends who place you in the ever shrinking positions that are profitable.
I would like to suggest a new political party. Realistically, this could encompass many countries. Being in the U.S., I will base the premise from
my experience here. It is direly necessary for the educated and under-employed in this country to start speaking out, shouting out about the absolute
abuse of power and callous depravity of the people in power. Narcissism and Nepotism rule, and no other rules apply to those who got invited to the
So, what do we do with our educations and our thoughts, creative energy and brilliance? I would rather make something happen, than work multiple
part-time jobs doing things that a child could do.
It is time for a fundamental change. We need to get the greedy, lying, corporate b!@!@#!@ out of office. We need to take back control of our lives
and offer a future to our children. You know they won't do it
I am going to offer a segment from Zerohedge.
Fired Before Hired: How Corporations Rigged The Job Market And Killed The American Dream
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Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/28/2015 19:04 -0400
Submitted by Daniel Drew via Dark Bid - Truth in Dark Markets blog,
The latest corporate scam is to blame workers for the high unemployment rate. They say there is a skills gap. Even President Obama is in on the joke.
In his most recent State of the Union address, Obama called for Congress to make community college free. Because nothing will get you a job more than
an associate's degree from your local college.
The real skills gap is the other way around: too many skills for the low-wage menial jobs that pervade the labor market. The person who makes your
coffee or your Big Mac might be able to design the next major bridge or write for The New York Times. Instead of high school kids cooking up your
lunch, true professionals are behind the counter, and the future of the country is behind it too. The longer they stay there, the odds increase that
America will take a permanent backseat in global power. In one short century, we have gone from superpower to super size me, a plutocracy, a nation
that wasted its most valuable resource: the energy and innovation of its own people.
As you send your resume for the latest job ad, do you ever feel like the labor market is rigged against you? The job boards have turned into such
black holes that we need Stephen Hawking to come work out the equations for us. You send your resume in, and it disappears.
In 2012, Eric Auld, an unemployed 26-year-old with a master's degree in English, decided to find out what was on the other side of the black hole. He
created a fake job ad as an experiment:
Administrative Assistant needed for busy Midtown office. Hours are Monday through Friday, nine to five. Job duties include: filing, copying,
answering phones, sending e-mails, greeting clients, scheduling appointments. Previous experience in an office setting preferred, but will train the
right candidate. This is a full-time position with health benefits. Please e-mail résumé if interested. Compensation: $12-$13 per hour.
If you have ever applied for a job like that, I offer my condolences. You have better odds at the casino. Auld received 653 responses in 24 hours. 10%
of the applicants had more than 10 years of experience, and 3% of them had master's degrees. Presumably, one of them would get the job. But what does
that mean? It means that all the other experienced applicants and master's degree holders would remain unemployed. That is about 64 experienced
workers and about 19 workers with master's degrees. The only way to get a job like this is if you are sleeping with the human resources manager. And
this is for a job that pays $12 in Manhattan. If this doesn't qualify the United States as a third world country, what will?
Applicants by Experience
Applicants by Education
Peter Cappelli, author of Why Good People Can't Get Jobs, received an email from an employee who said their company accepted 25,000 applications for
a single engineering job, and the human resources team said no one was qualified. Cappelli said, "Not being able or willing to pay the market price
for talent does not constitute a shortage."
A New York Times reporter wanted to find out if the skills gap was real. He visited the engineering technology program at Queensborough Community
College in New York City. There are no excuses here. This isn't medieval literature or art history. This is engineering. It is also a community
college, which will soon become free if Obama has his way. In this particular tech program, the goal is to create manufacturing employees who can keep
up in the era of automation. This is a textbook case for Obama, who said 80% of manufacturers have jobs they can't fill. The National Association of
Manufacturers estimates that there are 600,000 jobs waiting for anyone who has the right skills.
Well - what they really meant was the right skills and the desperation to work for McJob wages.
The New York Times reporter quickly discovered how much of a sham the skills gap really is. Eric Isbister, the CEO of GenMet, a metal-fabricating
manufacturer near Milwaukee, said he would hire any skilled workers who showed up. He received over a thousand applications, but only 25 had the
alleged proper skills. Eventually, he fired 15 of them. Apparently, they were not happy at work. Perhaps it's because he started them out at $10 per
hour. If you had an associate's degree, you could get $15. If you were lucky enough to still have a job after a few years, you might get $18 per hour
- depending on performance. The local McDonald's manager makes $14.
Mark Price, a labor economist at the Keystone Research Center, called their bluff, "If there’s a skill shortage, there has to be rises in wages.
It's basic economics." But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of skilled jobs has declined along with wages. There is no demand
for skilled jobs. The true demand is for McJobs.
Think those manufacturing employees were unlucky to be doing high-skilled work at McJob rates? Think again. According to the Economic Policy
Institute, for every two American college graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, only one of them is hired into a
job in their field. In an analysis across every industry, they offer some important conclusions for us:
"Millions cannot find work no matter what they do because the jobs simply are not there.
Workers with a college degree or more still have unemployment rates that are more than one-and-a-half times as high as they were before the
In every occupational category demand for workers is lower than it was five years ago.
There are between 1.4 and 10.5 times as many unemployed workers as job openings in every industry.
In no industry does the number of job openings even come close to the number of people looking for work.
In no occupation is there any hint of wages being bid up in a way that would indicate tight labor markets or labor shortages.
There are simply no structural changes capable of explaining the pattern of sustained high unemployment over the last five years. What we have, i