According to a post on zerohedge today, there’s a shortage of workers and a lot of unemployed people aren’t trying to get a job (https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/nobody-wants-work-job-openings-soar-all-time-high-93-million-record-numbers-quit-their-job). I’m guessing that this news isn’t with regard to long term unemployed people displaced earlier in the Great Recession. In addition, the number of people quitting their job has increased, lately.
The ZeroHedge article blames federal stimulus dollars for this new shortage. Zerohedge postulates that people have enough money from stimulus checks to turn away from available jobs. The article I mention on ZeroHedge doesn’t blame pay (lower wages) or the kind of work (warehouse stocking or grocery cashier) that’s available. Neither does it consider that people have been driven out of jobs and their previous job-linked lifestyle habits by agressive political policies. Covid-19 policies were a radical approach in response to a lab engineered virus that many people were already immune to . When healthy people were isolated unnecessarily and some jobs were deemed inessential (which sounds a lot like unimportant) a lot of people lost their daily routine and chance to make money. Someone who wasn’t them turned off the flow of their opportunity. Is their hesitation to strive on towards new employment mysterious in view of these happenings?
Zerohedge also failed to notice the number of corporate buyouts that have closed many jobs and caused unemployment for many people over several decades all across America. Financialization and outsourcing have harmed the American job market over a long period. I think it isn’t surprising that people are pausing before they jump back into a job.
There have been a series of disappointments in the American job market. Lots of people have spent money getting trained for what they hoped would be a long term career, only to find a short-term job that didn’t pay off their debt at the university. When they can’t continue working in the field that they trained to work in, there have been only low-wage alternatives. Why wouldn’t America move slowly towards job seeking in the face of so many obstacles to an employment payoff?
Numerous sources continue to declare a new normal. There has been such a variety of vile content on TV and radio that many have stopped listening to or watching them. One blog called it irritainment instead of infotainment. Psy-ops experts say some of the content found over the airwaves is meant to be harmful. So we see a turning. But what direction and what does it mean for the future?
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