Skip to comments.15 Signs That The Quality Of Jobs In America Is Going Downhill Really Fast
Posted on 07/07/2013 7:46:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Trying to find a job in America today can be an incredibly frustrating experience. Most of the jobs that are available seem to pay very little, and there is intense competition for just about any job that is open. But it wasn't always like this. When I was in high school, I was immediately hired when I applied for a job at McDonalds because they were so desperate for workers that they would hire just about anyone that could flip a burger. But in this economic environment, a single nationwide hiring event conducted by McDonalds resulted in a million job applications, and only a small percentage of those applicants were actually hired. Our economy simply does not produce enough jobs for everyone anymore, and the percentage of "good jobs" continues to decline. That means that it is getting really hard to find a job that will enable you to support a family, and a lot of people end up doing jobs that they are massively overqualified for. But when times are tough, people are going to do what they have to do in order to survive.
One thing that we have seen in recent years is an explosion in the number of "temp workers" in America. Even some of the largest companies in America are using them. They like the flexibility of being able to bring in workers when they need them and of being able to dump them the moment they don't need them anymore. Sadly, those that work in the "temp industry" often work in deplorable conditions for very little pay. The following is a brief excerpt from an absolutely outstanding Pro Publica article...
In cities all across the country, workers stand on street corners, line up in alleys or wait in a neon-lit beauty salon for rickety vans to whisk them off to warehouses miles away. Some vans are so packed that to get to work, people must squat on milk crates, sit on the laps of passengers they do not know or sometimes lie on the floor, the other workers feet on top of them.
This is not Mexico. It is not Guatemala or Honduras. This is Chicago, New Jersey, Boston.
The people here are not day laborers looking for an odd job from a passing contractor. They are regular employees of temp agencies working in the supply chain of many of Americas largest companies Walmart, Macys, Nike, Frito-Lay. They make our frozen pizzas, sort the recycling from our trash, cut our vegetables and clean our imported fish. They unload clothing and toys made overseas and pack them to fill our store shelves. They are as important to the global economy as shipping containers and Asian garment workers.
Many get by on minimum wage, renting rooms in rundown houses, eating dinners of beans and potatoes, and surviving on food banks and taxpayer-funded health care. They almost never get benefits and have little opportunity for advancement.
But these are the types of jobs the U.S. economy is "creating" these days. Low paying part-time jobs are continually becoming a bigger part of the economy. This is one of the primary reasons why the middle class in America is shrinking.
You can't support a family on what most of these part-time jobs pay. But our economy is not producing many high quality full-time jobs these days. The average quality of American jobs just continues to sink.
The following are 15 signs that the quality of jobs in America is going downhill really fast...
#1 The number of part-time workers in the United States has just hit a brand new all-time high, but the number of full-time workers is still nearly 6 million below the old record that was set back in 2007.
#2 In America today, only 47 percent of adults have a full-time job.
#3 Even though the U.S. economy created nearly 200,000 jobs in June, the number of full-time jobs actually decreased.
#4 There are now 2.7 million temp workers in the United States - a new all-time high.
#5 One out of every ten jobs in the United States is now filled through a temp agency.
#6 The U.S. economy has actually lost manufacturing jobs for four consecutive months.
#7 The official unemployment rate has been at 7.5 percent or higher for 54 months in a row. That is the longest stretch in U.S. history.
#8 According to one recent survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
#9 At this point, one out of every four American workers has a job that pays $10 an hour or less.
#10 High paying manufacturing jobs continue to be shipped overseas. Sadly, there are fewer Americans employed in manufacturing now than there was in 1950 even though the population of the country has more than doubled since then.
#11 Today, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.
#12 The U.S. economy continues to trade good paying jobs for low paying jobs. 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession were mid-wage jobs, but 58 percent of the jobs created since then have been low wage jobs.
#13 Back in 1980, less than 30% of all jobs in the United States were low income jobs. Today, more than 40% of all jobs in the United States are low income jobs.
#14 At this point, an astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.
#15 According to a study that was released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, only 24.6 percent of all jobs in the United States qualify as "good jobs" at this point. In a previous article, I detailed the three criteria that they used to define what a "good job" is .
#1 The job must pay at least $18.50 an hour. According to the authors, that is the equivalent of the median hourly pay for American workers back in 1979 after you adjust for inflation.
#2 The job must provide access to employer-sponsored health insurance, and the employer must pay at least some portion of the cost of that insurance.
#3 The job must provide access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
All of this is absolutely heartbreaking.
Once upon a time, just about any adult that was willing to work hard in America could go out and find a good paying job that would support a middle class lifestyle.
Now those days are gone forever.
But different conditions exist in different parts of the country.
What are you seeing in your area?
Are good jobs difficult to find?
Bring back quality American jobs.
Bring them back.
Yeah, tell all this to the common freeper who squeals get a job every other post.
I am starting to favor restrictive tariffs, though that is only one idea.
We have now however reached a point where China exports more than America.
It is time to change.
Well, as far as McDonald’s, other fast food places, gas stations, 7-11s, the anecdotal evidence is that people working in these places were not born in this country.
I can’t say what the green card status is of all of these people, but it appears that lower level American born workers are competing with foreign born for some of these jobs.
All of the visa overstayers are applying for jobs thru company websites. They think they will be able to get the job soon. There are 500 applications for each position. They are willing to work for 1/2 to 1/3 of the previous rate of pay for the position.
I have had the blessing of an inspection by the Federal Wage and Labor people. The young lady’s words to me were, and I quote, “We are here to create jobs. We don’t care about rates of pay and benefits.” Welcome to Democratland. You thought the 40 hour workweek and time and a half for overtime were created to help the workers. They weren’t. They were created to force employers to hire more people. Welcome to Democratland. What they care about is getting elected.
Why 15 signs? Why not 16, or perhaps 14?
Can’t stand the way they do headlines and titles like this...
RE: Why 15 signs? Why not 16, or perhaps 14?
Because he thought of 15 and maybe want others to add more signs if they see them...
One of the Sunday shows (I think CBS) had *conservative* columnist David Brooks on and he says that there is no excuse for not passing the Senate amnesty bill, claims that it will ‘fix’ illegal immigration but he also said that ‘no one disputes that it will create huge economic growth’
Growth?? ?? He sounds like the 2012 Romney campaign: ‘if a rich guy gets richer no matter how it must be good for you because all the rich are job creators and that's good for you’.
How does adding millions more workers to compete with American workers who are still struggling help them?
More-so, because most are poor and Hispanic (minority) they will in most cases get free college (I see this here all the time) while US born white kids will take on a lifetime of college debt, if they dont just give up.
Just prior to the last increase in minimum wage, some friends and I were eating at a food court (we ate there a couple times a week during lunch break). As we sat there making small talk, I watched the staff behind the various counters - how they treated customers, how they treated coworkers, how the handled orders, followed instruction, etc. After a bit, I looked at my friends and pointed out my guesses for which employees wouldn't make it more than a month after the increase. I'd hazard I was about 80-85% correct.
And let's not even begin to discuss GE and the mercury squiggle light bulbs.
I respectfully disagree.
We need our government to make American jobs the priority.
Maybe some factory owners won’t like that, but maybe they’re exporting American jobs.
Bring back American jobs.
Having competitive tariffs on foreign goods and services would do a lot more to stimulate and grow the economy than the present system of Free Trade and high income taxes.
As politicians and unions demand more from employers these numbers will keep rising.
Yeah taking care of dad with dementia took me out of the job pool and he died early 2009 right when financial industry crashed ( I was commercial industrial insurance) and have been grateful for anything I can get ever since.
And the way to do so is simple. It's not necessarily easy but it's actually quite elementary:
In short, the sole purpose of a business is to provide value to the shareholders and the hard-working people who were the risk takers, putting it all on the line in the interest of enterprise. America must remove those impediments to profitability. Once that happens, the American jobs will be plentiful and our country will again be an economic juggernaut -- China won't have a chance!
It is legal immigration that is killing the American worker.
“Bring back American jobs.”
Not so easy. Our Labor Unions are getting to be a thing of the past. It’s getting so that we’ll only have public worker unions that should be, and used to be illegal, and are now rip off the taxpayer by voting themselves exorbitant pay and pension funds.
The only way we can hope to get our manufacturing skills and technical knowledge back is by getting rid of public education public unions, and by making it easy for high potential foreign workers and students to remain in this country.
Pardon the dark here, but many cemetetries are seeking even mildly talented sales people.
In the late 1980’s an average Chinese factory could not meet scrap/waste rate to be competitive with US workers despite their very low cost wages. Enter corporate America who developed overseas experience via NAFTA (remember that harmless free trade agreement free trading freepers supported). US corporations assessed the Chinese workers and determined that they were willing to do good work vs the initial Mexicans but needed better training and equipment upgrade. Remember the corporate spin? Teach China how to modernize, yes Americans may lose jobs, but you will end up with a free and more democratic China!!!??? It is moral and worth it for the US future. What a spin, many freepers brought it hook line and sinker. Now here is reality. Those in power never give up power. Result of free trade, China gets a technology upgrade courtesy of corporate America. Today the PLA is more modern, China is now a modern one party authoritarian nation and the US middle class is pulled down a notch so those on Wall Street and corporate America can fill their filthy pockets with the profits. What happen to the US workers who lost their high paying factory jobs, now high tech jobs, corporate America and Chamber of Commerce is more then happy to dump them on the US taxpayers via unemployment benefits and welfare. Think they are done with us yet? Hello Illegal Immigration Pathway (Amnesty) to US citizenship. Under this reform, the legalized illegals can work and the employer does not have to give them health insurance via Obamacare. Let me see, hire a US worker and you must provide Obamacare, hire a legalized illegal immigrant you do not. More US workers will be dumped by corporate America on the US taxpayers. Free enterprise cannot work if the businessmen lack virtue and patriotism.
That is exactly what the politicians and their apologists want.
Brooks is not a conservative. He wants the destruction of our Country and the people who made it great. He and the politicians think they will rule over the third-world detritus that will soon become the majority. They seem to not understand that once those people become the majority they will vote true Communists into office and those people will take these disingenuous fools out back and put a bullet in their heads. History is not their strong suit.
Aren't these the "absolutely outstanding" folk to which the IRS gave conservative donor lists to for publishing or giving to other leftist groups?????
IIRC the Democrats took over Congress in 2007 didn't they. Everything has gone to 'H' since. Wondering what it will take to get the sheeple to notice who the really bad guys are.
Bump to your post.
Here in Maryland I have personally run into a few blacks some immigrants, some not, who have told me personally that they got their college for free.
Both race and parents income level = others pay for their free college. No wonder they worship Obama.
Legalized illegals fall into the same category.
The American people even voted to 'out source' the Presidency!
We need to raise them back up and rebuild our industrial base.
Some people will just never get it...Or possibly they’re just part of the, profits regardless of consequences, crowd.
Profits are the reason for a company to exist. Management has a near-sacred responsibility to those with a stake in the enterprise to maximize profitability. The people who have taken the risks to create an enterprise and those who likewise risk considerable sums as shareholders must be rewarded. It's the American way and no other system has come close to achieving that kind of productivity and return on investment.
What needs to happen is to get government off the back of business so that they can enjoy the rewards of true, unfettered capitalism. The free market is an extraordinary invention since it promotes outstanding efficiencies for business and a rich assortment of services and goods for consumers at competitive prices.
As I noted a few posts back in this thread, American jobs will come home if the minimum wage is abolished and the thuggery of Big Labor is eliminated. Likewise the confiscatory taxation at the corporate level allied with regulations is a tremendous burden on business.
Corporations would doubtlessly prefer to stay in America but since the era of Reagan, the government has made "made in America" anything but a viable proposition.
We have nothing like free trade. Our trading “partners” beat us to death with tariffs and duties of their own, which we bend over and take in the ass with a smile because it enriches certain segments of the population while pushing the bulk of the “middling people” farther down and out of the competition for resources. We absolutely need reciprocal tariffs to negate the artificial, manipulated advantages some of our “partners” have enjoyed for decades. That’s something government could do. But they’d rather strangle the survivors with regulations and use welfare to buy votes from their growing client class of impoverished Americans. If this trajectory doesn’t change, America will accept socialism within a decade or two—tops. And maybe that’s the plan.
Profits are the reason for a company to exist.
Did ya see the "Regardless of consequences" part?
So if it means selling out our country to the highest bidder, that's A-OK?
How'd that work out America?
At present, business is faced with a Hobson's choice. The DemonRATs in change since 2007 have made it nearly impossible for a corporation to survive without outsourcing or offshoring. Sure, it's a tough choice but the shareholders are right to demand the utmost return on investment. How it does so is up to executives of the enterprise.
The return of American made products will most assuredly happen when government and Big Labor allow business to prosper. No business wants to send jobs overseas. But it's the only choice they have to survive in an environment where Marxist policies are triumphant.
After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.
President Calvin Coolidge (25 January 1925).
You're a smart guy, ex-military and your postings are indicative of your intelligence. So, tell me dragnet2, as a business owner with responsibilities to your family and shareholder, would you allow the enterprise to perish or would you outsource if that allowed for profitability?
Profits regardless of consequences, has all but left America frail, weak and dead on the floor.
Thanks for the speedy reply. It's appreciated as part of this reasonable dialog as we exchange thoughts and opinions.
What are the ways create jobs here in America? Let's say you own a shoe company. With the impediment of Labor thugs and the minimum wage, how could you manufacture goods here in the USA and still return profits to those who have a stake in your shoe company? It's a sincere question and if you have an answer that allows an "American made" business to thrive, I'd be interested in how it can be done.
Ask yourself before slanted destructive trade laws like NAFTA and others, how did America become the global economy powerhouse? We were warned repeatedly about things like NAFTA turning those at the top into the super-rich while America and American jobs/wages/standard of living at home declined.
Guess what, that is exactly what happened.
Very good. How do you deal with union thugs and the ongoing problem of the minimum wage? Likewise, when OSHA comes snooping around, what measures do you take to thwart their anti-business agenda?
Of course the unionistas leave out a whole lot of things (Like blaming NAFTA for jobs that get replaced in the USA by automation etc.) But even if their figures are true (And they are not) blaming our current Job woes on a reported number of jobs lost @ approximately 41,000 a year average is Laugh out loud funny. Especially when you consider that CNN Money reports that in 2008 we lost 2.6 million Jobs And that is just in 12 months.
ANd why did we lose those jobs? It wasn't NAFTA or any of the other trade agreements it was because the players in the big game inflated the money supply by allowing the financial big cats to game the system with credit default swaps and other bits of financial trickery and then paid it all off by putting taxpayers in all the Western Countries in debt for 4 generations.
This dried up credit which in turn dries up business expansion and start-ups.
It wasn't free trade agreements. Sorry to burst your bubble.
I know of a recent immigrant, old man, who has money mind you, he got welfare and Medicaid funded corneal transplant surgery, when a pair of glasses would have done fine.
Really? I'm a pig American consumer. I like cheap, good stuff. The more the better! The cheaper the better!
It is time to change.
That would be bad. My stuff would get more expensive. I'd be able to afford less of it. That would be bad. (But so far, so good. I can afford many more times cheap stuff than I can actually use! LOL!)
There are no tariffs protecting what I do. What I do can be exported wherever there is internet access and people as smart as I am.
Therefore, there should be no tariffs whatsoever!
That's not the job of the government.
The job of the government is to get the hell out of the way and let job creation happen.
As opposed to the Obama Regime, which has objectives having nothing to do with job creation, which are inimical to job creation, since job holders earning a decent income do not need government and will not vote for more government, since it reduces their take-home.
The author needs to leave his couch and visit www.rigzone.com and view thousands of high paying jobs for people without college degrees.
The reality is that the Middle Class is shrinking because people don’t have to work. They can mooch or live on unemployment or score disability through Social Security...which causes people to come up with unmanly excuses for not getting a job such as “I can’t move because my mom lives here and needs me.”
Watch the Grapes of Wrath movie. They moved to where the jobs were located!
Ding! Ding! Ding!
The oil patch is hiring. Excuses and slacking won’t cut it.
The Middle Class is shrinking because mooching and welfare or unemployment won’t let you live a middle class lifestyle.
Thousands of high paying jobs are going unfilled because people don’t have to work...all that they have to do is give up their old Middle Class lifestyle for mooching, unemployment, and/or welfare.
...of course, people don’t want to *admit* that they are slacking. Sitting on a couch all day, they would much rather blame the “bad economy” for why they don’t have a job.
Thousands of high paying jobs are going unfilled because so many people are accepting a lower class lifestyle instead of moving to where the jobs are located.
Y’all know all of this and thought it...I’m the only one around here with the guts to say it.
You can thank me later.