Explaining America's - and Utah's - shrinking workforce with a graphic

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    April 9, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    That's why we need to allow more guest workers to take the jobs we don't want. There are plenty of jobs available, but our strict quota system doesn't allow for a free flow of labor. I can guarantee there will be plenty of willing, hard workers to drive our economy.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    April 9, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    The disabled can't afford to have a cavity fixed.

    Social security is the biggest entitlement. Its represented. Some part time and full time workers are getting entitlements in the form of child care, SNAP, state healthcare, housing assistance. Health care for the poor came before obamacare.

    April 8, 2013 1:03 p.m.


    Seeing's how you know so much about free phones, why don't you get back on here, and tell all of us just how to go about getting one. And if it's the free phones I think your talking about, then you need to do some research because it was Regan that started that program. And there not free because some of the tax's you pay for your phone pays for them.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 8, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    So you really beleive that people that are unemployed are leading a confortable life? So how is it always feeling like everyone is just out to take you for a ride?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 8, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    This article missed the elephant in the room - entitlements which allow people to live comfortably without working. Today if you are unemployed you can eat free, have a free cell phone, and starting in 2014, you will have free health insurance.

    Of course, none of this is truly free, but that's an argument for a different day.

    The bottom line is it's becoming increasingly attractive to be unemployed (you get stuff for no work) and increasingly less attractive to work (more of what you've worked for taken away). So it's only natural to expect more people to remove themselves from the workforce.

    People have complained for a long time that being out of work is uncomfortable, so certain politicians have tried to make it more comfortable. The problem is, being out of work is SUPPOSED to be uncomfortable...the discomfort is supposed to make you want to work again, apply for jobs, get new education/training, etc. America has completely lost the script in this regard.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    April 8, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    If the intent of that graphic was to clarify I'd give the effort a solid D+.
    As for the information, where were you before the election?