Put out an all-points bulletin: Millions of Americans have gone missing from the workforce. Every month that those would-be workers are gone raises the odds that they might never come back, dimming the prospects for future economic growth. The vanishing trend is more than a decade old, but it accelerated during the Great Recession. Throughout 2012, economists held out hope that it had stopped. But then came Friday’s jobs report, and hopes were dashed. The Labor Department reported that the U.S. labor force — everyone who has a job or is looking for one — shrank
Purpose of this article is to link declining labor force, including the 500,000 plus who dropped out in March, to a "decade long trend" rather than to the delusional Obama who promised change. There is no mention of Obama in article. Nor is there any mention of how Obama´s anti-job, anti-growth administration is the cause of the current malaise. Also note that in the first 40 or so WaPo reader comments, there is no mention of Obama.
Once again, the MSM turns "the economy" or the "vanishing workforce" into animate objects, with uncooperative wills of their own, that make for the bad news. Since they can´t mention Obama, or any Democrat, in connection with these stories, and they can only blame the GOP so many times, they have to fault the economy or the workforce.
Free trade, however you wish to define it, is not an unmixed blessing. I have been a degreed process/manufacturing engineer for nearly 30 years, working with and for some organizations all here would recognize, and others that were (once) leaders in their fields. Have worked with some wonderful people along with the usual assortment of dullards, creeps, and liars. To include most accountants and all bums in the Legal Departments. We have done some good work, developing products, processes, and materials that have been a benefit to many of you, whether you know it or not. And with the exception of my current assignment, ALL of these, the work of over a quarter century, are now located in places like Mexico, China, Honduras, etc. I have known, personally, too many whose lives, livelihoods, families, and communities have been demolished. I know of too many who have taken early retirements, committed suicide, or wangled SSDI in an attempt to eat regularly. Not just manufacturing - how many of those call centers are in Bangalore or Mumbai? Even menial jobs are now occupied by illegal aliens, enabled by people like W. It did not begin with Obumble. Several of these matters happened in W´s tour and Carter´s and even in Reagan´s, in states where the nominal Pubbies held sway.
Dear Leader never said "at some point you´ve made enough money" Dear Leader never said "you didn´t build that" Dear Leader never said "it´s good to spread the wealth around" Dear leader never appointed communists to help run the economy Dear Leader never increased the rate of poverty then said "voting is the best revenge"
I live in a rural SoCal town, home to many immigrants - both legal and otherwise. Most have no desire to join the workforce and climb the income ladder. All they need to get through life is a steady hand-out that will pay the rent, put gas in the very used car, and buy groceries. We´re approaching another crossroad of American history.
Here is a piece of it that is being completely overlooked. The autism rate has gone from 1 in 2500 two decades ago to 1 in 50 now. The oldest of that autism contingent are now in the 25-30 range...but not part of the workforce. And their moms have dropped out of the workforce in record numbers over the past decade to care for more and more disabled children (and disabled young adults).
Yet the government still puts out the lie that this is all "better diagnosing"...as if families 3 decades ago were too stupid to notice that they had a child who couldn´t talk and who hit his head on the wall repeatedly. And the media puts out the lie that they are all Temple Grandin´s with Ph.D.´s, hiding away as university professors. Reality is that 80% of adults with autism are unemployed, and the younger children are more severe, so fewer moms can work.
What No. 6 said! This slide into the abyss has been slowly happening for a long time. There are a LOT of people who voted for BO & the current crop of dem criminals because they were angry about the job base moving out of this country. I know some of them. They don´t have a sophisticated understanding of why the manufacturing job that they performed so well, for so long, was taken away. They only know that the rug was jerked out from under their sense of pride & independence . Some of them were old enough that no one wanted to retrain them. Naturally, they blame "Corporate America." This is one reason they distrust Republicans because they tend to be the business owners. They aren´t really, at heart, socialist/communists - but the Republican party is going to HAVE to address this issue better than they have been doing.
The msm and the Democrats will use this to explain the need for amnesty. We really need those 11-30 million illegals to join the workforce! What a bunch of bs it the vanishing jobs that vanishes the workers. It´s as simple as that but to the far left msm and Democrats their hatred of Capitalism blinds them to simple truths.
I remember that W had picked up on this during his second term in 2006. Google the American Competitive Initiative. But, since then, many subsequent policy mistakes after W left office have undermined the country´s ablity to restore its competitiveness in the global market place. We have a long road ahead of us, and can get there. But, I feel for our young people who lap up everything Obie says and does while they are being screwed by the gummint at the same time with zero hope of enjoying the life style us, let´s say us 60-somethings have had.
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Red Jeep, 4/7/2013 8:51:30 AM (No. 9263626)
Obama´s goal to destroy America is moving along smoothly.
I agree with most of your assessment, #6, except that we know the main reason for firms moving overseas is cost cutting, ie, cheap labor. If they did not move, they could not compete and would soon close their doors. If union plants did not move their operations elsewhere we would see $60,000 Fords and Chevys that still wouldn´t be as good as a Toyota or Honda. We can´t blame it all on obama but he is a proponent of inflated unskilled labor wages, diversity, OSHA, EPA, Sarbanes Oxley, which are all government mandates that have conributed to our demise.
FTA:Betsey Stevenson, a labor economist and associate professor at the University of Michigan. “I get concerned because there are a lot of people who have useful and productive skills that could really contribute to the economy, and we’re just failing to find ways to get them involved.”
Pat Buchanan was right, there would be a giant sucking sound of jobs leaving the USA.
Rather than start their own business, find work, they decided to go on disability. More people go on disability than those who find jobs. I can´t figure out if some of these people are lazy OR if this is the only way they can survive because the Fed´s have created a disaster?
If Mr. Tankersley were truly interested in finding out where so many Americans have gone, he would drag his lazy butt out of the richest city in the country and take a look around. The workforce has not vanished if you open your eyes. As the author notes, some (a rather large number, actually) have developed injuries (real or feigned), and have gone on disability. But many of today´s jobless are still busy people. In my county and those surrounding, here is where many of them can be found:
Auctions, yard sales and flea markets are thriving as people gather to sell or barter the stuff they still have. Those with manual skills have glutted the handyman market so getting something repaired or painted has become cheaper for us home owners and there has been an increase in the traditional gypsy trades where people go door to door selling plants and trees and whatever. ("We prefer cash, thank you.") Over the past four years, too, the local rag has reported a steady increase in arrests for robbery and burglary.
Here´s why kids and it has nothing to do with work force participation rates. That´s merely a symptom. Read Deuteronomy 28. Mock, roll your eyes at your own peril but that is us and we´re WAY into it and unless we do what it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14; say goodnight, Dick.
forgive 2nd post please to a previous poster, that was Ross Perot re the "sucking sound", not Pat. Ross was right. Haven´t heard any apologies, though. To the poster citing labor costs, that is not always the case. I have been at ground Zero in three cases in 10 years (in three states) where the operation being closed was non-union. And one more prior to that. It´s also the overall operating cost and environment. I still recall one (closed) operation that had me filing reports to state EPA estimating the amount of motor oil and antifreeze leaking from employee´s cars in the lot. Medium-size operation FAR from a ´navigable waterway´. You think the operations in Mexico have to do this sort of idiocy? Or file reports proving ´diversity´, including of the transgendered? MANY factors go into operating costs, and in some cases labor is smaller component than in others. Cost of stupid regulations is also huge and growing and idiotic and with no end in sight. And much of it under the Bush eyes. Now you want to talk about age discrimination for those over 47?
“Prime-aged people are working less, and we don’t know why,” said Betsey Stevenson, a labor economist and associate professor at the University of Michigan. “I get concerned because there are a lot of people who have useful and productive skills that could really contribute to the economy, and we’re just failing to find ways to get them involved.”
When free money is so easily available, and when taxes are high and working is harder than leeching off the public teat, people think, "Why should I work when I can sleep, watch TV, play and generally screw off?"
Don´t forget that the work ethic so many of us grew up with is essentially not there any more for a good percentage of Americans. Work isn´t honorable any more, it´s for suckers.
There is good reason there are so many radio and TV ads for SNAP programs and other free money; this Administration and its liberal buddies in Hollywood and the media don´t want people working because they vote Democrat to get the free money. At least they think it´s free. When the economy collapses under the weight of a dying tax base and Galt-goners, people MAY wake up.
#23 is right on the money: Making a product is hardly all of the cost of putting it on the market. Not saying we should allow mfrs. to dump cleaning solutions into the stream out back, but all of the diversity/gender bender/Sarbanes junk hardly makes us competitive with China.
Companies DO HAVE to pay attention to stockholders and the bottom line. Just ask Kodak.
First, #6 is spot on. And it’s not completely a sinister plot. Companies are competing against one another to be cost effective, and it’s cheaper to do some things off shore. When the competition does that, you follow suit or lose in the market place. That’s just the way it is, and until we find ways to deal with that, it will continue. But, we’re smart people, we can figure this out.
Second, and this is where the evil plot does come in, Obama’s handlers and his ideology unashamedly believe the capitalist economy in America (and everywhere) must be destroyed in order for the socialist revolution to arise from the ashes, and they are in the process of doing just that. Bill Ayers goes so far as to predict that as many as 20 million Americans, who cannot be converted to the socialist ideology, insisting instead on clinging to capitalist beliefs, will have to be killed. These people are as bloody-minded in this ideological struggle as the radical Islamists are in eliminating infidels.
So here we are, with two problems on our hands; a job drain that we must find a way to counter — a serious problem even in peaceful times, and president in the White House fronting for the Marxist shadow government of insurrectionists bent on destroying capitalism, and doing a good job of it so far, (with the enthusiastic support of Hollywood and the MSM, lest we forget.)
Until the public becomes absolutely clear about what we are dealing with, the economic drain of job loss and the insidious agenda destruction of the economy by the Marxist insurrection will continue and our once free nation under God will perish from the earth.
Let´s not forget the role of government and unions in all of this. Most of us are old enough to remember a strong and vibrant electronics, textile and steel industry. IIRC they were the first ones to vanish in the 1980´s move to a banker driven "global" economy. We simply couldn´t compete. The unions´ intransigence over wages didn´t help either. Just my opinion.
The "decade trend" is a useless observation that purposely distracts ignorant readers from the three Root Causes that Liberals in Congress and Obama in chief have relentlessly propagated:
- Massive numbers of illegal immigrants who displace citizens from their jobs. - Suffocating growth in litigation and regulation of industries that consequently cut jobs when they would otherwise be adding them. - Stifling explosion in non-workers dependent on government for welfare, food stamps, disability, retirement, health care, etc.
For solutions, let´s start with the sole Righteous Case for Immigration Policy:
Immigration and Citizenship must do no harm to current citizens´ employment. Here´s How:
- Limit immigrants to those who bring job-creating investment.
- Freeze citizenship at current levels until the percentage of Americans working exceeds what it was in 2000 (encompassing both is the past 2 administrations).
- Then limit new citizenships to those who do not displace existing citizens.
Democrats are going to achieve a 0% unemployment rate in only 19 years!:
663,000 people left the workforce last month. 663,000 * 12 * 19 > 150 million. There are only 150 million Americans in the US labor force -- so, at this rate in a mere 19 years, there will be no Americans working.
The answer to Dreadnaught´s question is: This worker, at 62 years old and 40 years in "real" jobs, is driving 18-wheelers over the road and barely making minimum wage. Any ideas out there for a disability claim?
#27, actually...that is MOST corporations must be accountable to their shareholders. The chosen mega multi-nationals in bed with the politicians and big government are NOT accountable to anyone. And they are given all the unfair advantages over all their competition with special exemptions, subsidies, bailouts, etc. while their fat cat executives bleed the business for their own personal growth, power, and wealth. The rest of the companies out there have to comply with excessive regulations and higher costs which makes it impossible to compete, let alone survive. Not only do we end up with fewer businesses, we get worse quality, higher prices, fewer jobs, etc.
#38 is spot on. I resigned my very high paying, very highly skilled job last year as I simply refuse to pay into the greedy socialist´s system any more and I don´t want to do anything that helps the economy recover as long as we have Marxists at the helm. I am still young, but will find a way to survive the rest of my life on savings and probably doing some cash transactions under the radar. I could not live with myself if I felt like I was helping the Obama economy prevail. I am making a sacrifice, but its the least I can do. Who is John Galt?
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