skills gap

Economy

Exciting but fake news about our strong economy

Yesterday we got more great news about the economy: there are more openings than unemployed. It is fake but exciting clickbait.

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Immigration

Update about immigration: a hot issue in 2016, forgotten in 2017

Summary: Immigration was a major issue of the 2016 election, to the discomfort of America’s ruling elites. Afterwards it was displaced by issues more important to them, such as stripping healthcare from millions and cutting taxes for the rich. It exists today in the media mostly in emotional “human interest” stories about “dreamers” (such labels …

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Trucking Industry Profits

So many open jobs for truck drivers! It’s another bogus skills shortage story.

Summary: Today we learn about all those open jobs for truck drivers, waiting for lazy Americans (or more immigrants) to fill them. It is another bogus “skills shortage” story, revealing much about how America is changing. The road to larger trucking industry profits. The plutocrat revolution against America has many fronts. One of the most important is their …

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Ignore the hype. There are few shortages of skilled workers in America.

Summary: The shortage of STEM workers is a zombie myth too politically useful to die. But here’s data that should kill it. Worse, it implies we might soon see a surplus of highly educated workers, undercutting the more education as a solution to automation story. We’ll need to consider more radical ideas. “While there are …

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Corporate journalsim

The airlines’ crippling pilot shortage: another bogus “skills” crisis

Summary: Our major media tell the news from the perspective of the 1%, no matter how bogus. For example, in stories about “skills shortages” we see the New America in which employers refuse to pay market-based salaries. They assume that the reserve army of the unemployed — refreshed by immigration — will keep wages down. …

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