Jobs, Jobs, Everywhere Jobs And Not a Job to Find
If you’ve listened to Conservative Radio or Fox News lately then you already know the good news. Jobs are aplenty! In fact, according to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and President Bush, we are in the midst of a huge boom! According to the spin, more than 650,000 American workers found employment in the last two months. Mighty spectacular, wouldn’t you say?
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor," employment
rose substantially in several service-providing industries, construction
continued to add jobs, and there was a noteworthy job gain in durable goods
manufacturing.” The truth is there are more than 11-million unemployed
citizens looking for work.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor," employment rose substantially in several service-providing industries, construction continued to add jobs, and there was a noteworthy job gain in durable goods manufacturing.” The truth is there are more than 11-million unemployed citizens looking for work.
According to Dr. Martin Regalia, U.S. Chamber vice president for economic policy and chief economist, "These job figures are the last piece of the economic puzzle. Our expansion is strong, well balanced, and sustainable."
But if you are an engineer from the Silicon Valley like John L. who has worked 9.6 weeks out of the last 105, do you think he's feeling the new boom? Or if you own a small consulting firm in Kansas City like Lance Chalmers, do you think he and his employees are benefiting from this new boom? It’s doubtful considering he is excluded from bidding on state contracts because his workforce is Americans. Do you think Jody Zenkel is feeling the effects of this new surge? Twenty years in the job market as an IT specialist and never out of work in all those years – that is until she lost her job to a foreign worker.
Jody and John and Lance are just a drop in the bucket of the hundred's upon hundred's of thousands of American workers who are losing their homes, their will, their fortitude, their belief in the American dream. They are the forgotten. The dispensable. They are among the hordes of citizens that grew with the times. They educated themselves. They sacrificed so they could assure their family's security only to be discarded like so much excess trash.
Excess trash is exactly how our corporate entities view our workforce. Worse than trash is how our government has protected them. So, here we are being told that we're in a boom economy when the opposite surrounds us. What are we to do?
According to one executive, a man who coincidentally advises corporations interested in Outsourcing and In-sourcing, is for the IT specialist to, (1) Find a role to play on the offshore bandwagon or fight against the movement of business abroad, or (2) To embrace offshore operations as yet another opportunity to expand their professional skill set and position themselves as offshore management leaders.
Another expert advises that the IT specialist keep changing jobs and learning new modalities. I suggest, however, that this option is a misnomer, at best. Chances are once the employee leaves their job finding another will be an act in futility, particularly if they happen to be thirty-five or older. Statistics prove that the older the programmer or engineer, the harder it will be to find employment. According to the American University, it will take three more weeks for a laid-off programmer or engineer to find a job for each year of his/her age.
And if the manager doing the hiring is younger than the applicant is, well, statistics indicate the chance of getting that job is close to nil. Here’s another statistic not bantered around: only 19% of computer science grads are still employed as computer programmers twenty years later. Furthermore, if you are forty and an unemployed programmer lucky enough to find a job in your field, you can count on taking a cut in pay.
The statistics also don’t reflect the multitude of workers who have given up finding employment in their trained profession. Underemployment is a very real and serious condition in the United States. So, too, is our minimum wage. Back in 1967, a family of three could survive above poverty level on the minimum wage. Not so today. Currently, a full-time minimum wage earner can only sustain his or her family 84% of the poverty line for a family of three. These are not teenagers, folks, these are the people in the grocery lines with you. That is, if they can afford groceries.
So, what are we do do? For one, we need to begin by replacing our legislators, representatives, and our country's leaders with truly concerned and compassionate representatives. We need to demonstrate by our vote that we the people are in charge. We need to send a loud and resounding message to anyone seeking political office or holding office that they work for us, the people. We need to shun the deceptive political commercials and the spin weavers and use our own very perceptive minds.
is time, my fellow American’s that we make our voices heard, for if we
don’t, we could liken it to Pastor Martin Niemoeller's famous warning about
the Nazi's. First, they came for the Manufacturers, but I was not a Manufacturer
so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Service Jobs and the Tradesmen's,
but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the IT
Technicians, but I was not an IT Technician so I did not speak out. And when
they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me." It is time,
my fellow American's, or we, too, will be lamenting the jobs we lost and didn't
Ó Norma Sherry 2004
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