A good portion of unemployment in the United States is being caused by workers themselves, according to President Obama's Jobs and Competitiveness Council headed by General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt. The problem is not so much the shortage of jobs, but a shortage of trained workers, engineers and skilled foreign immigrants who could fill the few jobs that might exist, Jobs Council members told President Obama on June 13.
Their solution is really, really, really going to have an impact:
This is especially true in the manufacturing sector, which has lost 5 million jobs over the past decade. The Jobs and Competitiveness Council's remedy for this problem: increase training in CNC machining and advanced production. The Council's plan would generate a grand total of 2,000 jobs in the first year. It is estimated that the country needs to generate 21 million jobs to get to full employment.....leaving only 21,998,000 without a job, or something.
GE's Immelt recently announced that he was moving the X-Ray division to PRChina. Obviously, PRChina's workforce is trained and skilled in CNC machining and advanced production.
Or not. Reputable people have stated that most PRChina 'degrees' are even more worthless than are US 'degrees.'
Only 30 years ago, it was commonplace for manufacturing concerns to train their OWN workforce in the technology of CNC and 'advanced manufacturing.' Of course, that cost money--so now GE (et al) expect the public screwels and tech-schools to do the work--at public expense, of course--and they'll be happy to hire people.