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American Mismatch
National Review, by Jillian Kay Melchior

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Posted By:Judy W., 11/27/2012 6:15:27 AM

In September, 238,000 American jobs went unfilled, despite employers’ best efforts. At the same time, unemployment was at 7.8 percent nationally. And believe it or not, this was no statistical oddity. The manufacturing sector has long had trouble finding skilled applicants for its jobs. Around 48 percent of manufacturing companies are looking to hire, according to the most recent report from ThomasNet, a company that helps connect producers and suppliers. But 67 percent of manufacturing companies see a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers, and last year, as many as 600,000 jobs went unfilled,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/27/2012 6:25:22 AM     (No. 9035421)

Pretty insane considering the billions were spending on job training. What the hell are they being trained to do if employers can´t find decent workers. Maybe it´s just the simple fact that people don´t want to work any more.Maybe it´s because applicants can´t pass a drug screen.Maybe they can´t pull themselves away from the internet or texting long enough to work a full day? Maybe it´s why immigrants are filling most jobs. The American work ethic is on it´s way out.

At least there appears to be signs that kids are moving away from 4 year colleges to more hands on stuff like the medical industry.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tren9, 11/27/2012 6:53:23 AM     (No. 9035447)

Maybe it would help if the school system could teach the kids to string two sentences together. Or how to spell. Or how to read.

I´m not asking that they be taught the difference between past, present, and future. And forget totally about the perfect and pluperfect tenses. I´ld be happy if they were just coherent.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scrubber, 11/27/2012 7:11:31 AM     (No. 9035467)

I´ve said this before. One reason is the HR person is an unskilled 19 year old girl who has a program scanning hundreds of Word résumés searching for keywords. If your résumé doesn´t have a specific word, out it goes. Your sparkling personality is lost.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: R. Edgar, 11/27/2012 7:20:20 AM     (No. 9035483)

This is what happens when everyone goes to law school instead of doing something useful.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LouD, 11/27/2012 7:30:17 AM     (No. 9035497)

Too many have that "What? Me get my hands dirty? No way!" attitude. They aren´t going to work in a factory or shop as their parents did. The same parents who worked to provide them with a college education. No, they want to keep there lily-whites clean.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: shamus, 11/27/2012 7:43:16 AM     (No. 9035510)

Reports of unfilled jobs are bogus.

Supply and demand says that price goes up when supply goes down.

But wages have been falling.

Companies apparently desire highly skilled workers willing to take $10 per hour in pay.

This is a pay shortage rather than a skill shortage.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 11/27/2012 8:34:14 AM     (No. 9035599)

#1 and #7 hit the nail on the head. Companies don´t want to train workers and they do not want to pay trained workers a salary that is high enough to be worth them leaving their current job or come out of retirement (even if they retired young).

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Sully, 11/27/2012 8:51:28 AM     (No. 9035632)

#7 BINGO!

The free market dictates there is no such thing as an unfulfilled job. The mismatch is in salary offerings.

Manufacturers are going to have to pay a wage that attracts qualified workers. Please stop sobbing about shortages as you try to low ball applicants.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bobgray2, 11/27/2012 9:01:00 AM     (No. 9035647)

#7, 8, 9, The reality of wages and economics is that no company can pay a wage that is higher than the value of the work performed. If the real value of a particular job is only worth $X/hr to the company, then it must pay the employee less than that if it wishes to remain in business.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 11/27/2012 9:04:43 AM     (No. 9035656)

#7, 8, and 9 - American manufacturers have to compete in the world marketplace. Workers in China, Korea, India Japan etc. don´t get paid high salaries plus lots of government-mandated benefits.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/27/2012 9:07:17 AM     (No. 9035664)

Gave 61 cents to a grocery store cashier (sex and race withheld) in form of two quarters, a nickel and six pennies. After several attempts she could not figure out that it was - 61 cents. I had to put one coin at a time in her hand and run a count. How can you train that?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Sully, 11/27/2012 9:12:48 AM     (No. 9035673)

Sorry friends, the reality is that an employer does not set the value of work performed. The market does.

Just as he does not set the price of his product. The market does.

When there is a discrepancy between what an employer is willing to pay and what applicants are willing to work for, guess what: you don´t get your workers.

You cannot say, "The free Market only works if I get cheap labor."

This is Econ 101.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jimmiet, 11/27/2012 10:44:47 AM     (No. 9035875)

$10/ hour for an unskilled, unmotivated, phone texting, college educated english major cannot compete with $350/week, rent susidized, food stamp collecting genius. The operative word is skilled. How long can an employer afford to pay the unskilled who shows up 3 days out of 5 the wage and benefits of a skilled, productive employee?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: shamus, 11/27/2012 3:29:37 PM     (No. 9036422)

It´s clear that companies can´t pay wages that are higher than the value of labor. But framing this as a skills mismatch is misleading.

I wanted to buy some chicken at the grocery store. They were charging $5 a pound, but all I wanted to spend was $3 per pound. This wasn´t a chicken mismatch, it just meant that I needed to find a better deal.

If companies can´t afford to hire workers, then they need to adjust their business plans, as their strategy does not account for prevailing market conditions.


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