Unemployed face tough competition: underemployed

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  • Brian Wasilla, AK
    Sept. 5, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    I created my first job 55 years ago and have been doing that ever since. If I couldn't do what I am doing now I can think of at least a dozen other ways of making a living and none of them would involve filling out a job application. If you hire yourself you never have to worry about getting fired no matter how mad you get at you! Try it and you will never go back to working for someone else.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 5, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    SLars.... you are right and wrong at the same time. The hispanics are not taking the job you would want, and most would want. But the jobs are going to foreigners though. When I started my career, everyone I worked with was mostly inside the walls of the building I worked. Flash forward 25 years and now the vast majority of the people I work with are not only not in my building, they are not in my city, nor in my state, not even my country. I regularly work with people from Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Germany, England, India, Singapore and Australia.

    We aren't competing with unemployed Americans, we are competing with very hungry and aggressive foreigners looking for their piece of the pie. Add to that, if I bring on a person based in Europe, we have employment contracts and I don't have to worry about the cost of healthcare in their fully loaded cost. A college educated european cost me less than their counterpart here in the states.

    It not about Utah, or the States... we are competing globally every single day. If you are not, you are being left behind.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Sept. 5, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    8-12 million jobs are available now, not including agriculture. Just enforce the laws, where is our compassion?

  • Jonathan Eddy Payson, UT
    Sept. 4, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    We could again become the richest country on the face of the planet if we would have the courage to do four things:
    1. Stop believing the horse manure notion that the US must be interdependent in a global economy. Say no to the IMF. South America did it and their economy is now better than ours. (Of course Hugo Chavez is a Hitler right?)
    2. Go back to a constitutional monetary exchange and stop using debt as our system of exchange. Debt is not money. It's killing us.
    3. Do no business with any country that allows sweat shop slave labor and return all foreigners to their homelands until we can make our citizenry solvent again. We can invite them back with the right paperwork when we are productive and need the extra help.
    4. End free trade. Tax imports (this is part of our constitutional funding of American government)to keep prices fair globally. Fairness will bring jobs back to America even if it means that we only sell American products only to Americans. We may appear to be "isolationists", but who cares? We need to take control of our own destiny. America MUST BE STRONG!

  • sergio Phoenix, AZ
    Sept. 4, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    It is sad, but the USA will have to get use to it because it is a trend that will continue. We are becoming a nation like the third world countries or the under developed nations of the rich and the poor. The poor always have high unemployment and there is much poverty in the streets, and the misery of the poorer of the poor. The prosperous middle class is a thing of the past.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 4, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    That is a good comment showing how labor can overplay its hand. And competition between states may be a good thing. But if states get into a bidding war then we need a federal government to draw some lines where needed.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Sept. 4, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    desert dweller:

    In 1992, Ross Perot wrote a book titled "United We Stand". Page 117 and 118 of that book list solutions to the concerns you itemized.

    Those pages also list 31 other common sense solutions to many of the problems we still face today.

    In 2004, Pat Buchanan wrote a book titled "Where The Right Went Wrong". Pages 243 to 245 address your concerns specifically. Pages 232 to 254 detail a way out of the mess we are in.

    Both of these authors are staunch re-Publicans.

    The re-Publican Party AND the Democratic Party have taken great pains to avoid any meaningful steps to address the problems we have faced for the last 30 years and before.

    The current occupant of the "White House" is simply a co-conspirator along with all President's and Congress's since 1980 and before.

    Looking at the current crop of re-Publican Presidential candidates, it looks like the streak will continue.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 4, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    Re: desert dweller | 4:42 p.m. Sept. 4, 2011
    "with all the outsourcing that the white house has let all these companies do"

    You mean like the NLRB trying to tell Boeing they couldn't build an aircraft plant in South Carolina because it is a right to work state? It may be hard to believe but you can Google my comment to verify it's accuracy.

  • desert dweller SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Sept. 4, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    with all the outsourcing that the white house has let all these companies do and alot of employers are now only hiring through temp agencies and its also cheaper to hire two part time people to do one job than it is to hire one person to do it full time. 17 more companies have shutdown their U.S operations and have moved outside the U.S for cheaper wage workers and your goverment has done NOTHING about it

  • wazup Lehi, UT
    Sept. 4, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    Why don't states, counties, and cities track and report their own unemployment numbers? The federal numbers just don't seem accurate to me. It seems like if each state or city tracked this number themselves it might help put more pressure on government at all levels to make sure they are doing all they can to be more business and job friendly.

  • cymrul West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    What's the big deal?? We all know that these unemployed people are just sitting home collecting unemployment, watching T.V. and are living high off of our tax dollars. There are plenty of jobs out there if they would just look har enough.

    Heard that garbage for 2 years while I was job hunting.

    There are no jobs to be had because we have sent them all overseas for cheap labor and to help out the poorer countries. Working out good isn't it?

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 4, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    There are no jobs here because employers have found other places that have cheaper labor and no restrictions or liabilities. I say let the employers move to where their companies are. If they live here then tax them to pay for the safety net that has become necessary here because of the lack of jobs. Love America or leave it. Loving America means trying to make it a better place for all of its citizens. Americans, in the past, have sacrificed too much for our benefit to allow the selfish and greedy to create economic havoc by behaving as they are. We are not going to be a country like France before their revolution.