Posts tagged jobs
Posts tagged jobs
Rocky Anderson, Immigration Rally and March
Remember, we as a nation need to be competitive with these people for jobs.
Yes . . . and this is where the elites are herding us.
Again, Again, Again we post about the crisis of the jobless youth.
The global financial crisis had many causes, and there’s a lot of blame to go around. But the one group which is almost entirely blameless is the group being hit the hardest, over the long term, by the crisis. And I worry very much about how the global economy will fare in decades to come as this cohort of workers, angry and deeply scarred by the post-crash economy, is tasked with driving economic growth. [Reuters]
In the past decade, the flow of goods emerging from U.S. factories has risen by about a third. Factory employment has fallen by roughly the same fraction. The story of Standard Motor Products, a 92-year-old, family-run manufacturer based in Queens, sheds light on both phenomena. It’s a story of hustle, ingenuity, competitive success, and promise for America’s economy. It also illuminates why the jobs crisis will be so difficult to solve.
Double-digit unemployment? These firms can’t find workers
Arezou Rezvani December 24, 2011
LOS ANGELES—When local fashion firm Pinup Girl Clothing tried to ramp up production of its vintage-inspired apparel recently it hit a snag: It couldn’t find anyone to do the work.
The company spent a year trying to add 12 people to its 32-person manufacturing team in downtown Los Angeles. As the search dragged on, Pinup Girl fell two months back in its production schedule.
“There just aren’t a lot of people out there who have the skills that we’ve been able to find easily elsewhere in the world,” says Laura Byrnes, Pinup Girl’s founder. “It’s still a problem for us,” she says, adding, “Most of the sewers that you do find working are still in countries like Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala where there are still sewing factories.”
Pinup Girl’s problem illustrates one of the puzzle’s of today’s slumping labor market. Unemployment in Los Angeles County, for example, has been stuck at or above 12 percent for more than three years. California has the second highest unemployment in the nation at 11.7 percent, after Nevada’s 13.4 percent. But as some industries try to expand, they’re bumping up against a workforce that lacks the right training. Even in a city with legions of unemployed, some firms still can’t fill spots for good-paying jobs.
Tens of thousands of sewing jobs fled to Asia more than a decade ago, attracted by low labor costs and booming supply. The rampant outsourcing sparked a sharp decline in job prospects for highly skilled textile workers. In 1996, apparel manufacturing in Los Angeles Country employed 105,00 people. In 2009, that number had fallen to 48,000.
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