Skip to comments.Blue collar U.S. males lose more ground
Posted on 05/18/2009 6:45:32 PM PDT by SkyPilot
DALLAS, May 19 (Reuters) - Rodney Ringler is an unemployed blue collar male without a college degree. He's hardly alone. Men like him have been the main victims of the current recession in the United States.
"I haven't worked since December of 2007, around the time this recession started," Ringler, a 49-year-old computer technician, said as he walked his dog in a Dallas suburb.
He sees little light at the end of the tunnel.
"I've been looking to get into law enforcement because it's a growth area," he said, but had no immediate prospects.
One statistic that stands out in America's recession-stung economy is the unemployment rate for adult men: in April for the second month in a row it surged ahead of the national average to 9.4 percent versus 8.9 percent for all workers. The jobless rate for adult women was 7.1 percent.
The reasons are clear: male-heavy sectors such as construction and manufacturing have been hard hit. But the implications may be dire for the broader economy and hamper the recovery as families that once had male breadwinners struggle.
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Yeah, it is here, too. 'Cause, you know, pretty soon everyone's gonna be a criminal.
Everywhere is Brazil. /artistic allusion.
Mmm... Since when is a computer technician position considered "blue collar"? I thought that these were the kinds of jobs those old fashioned factory workers were supposed to be training for once we shipped all of the manufacturing jobs over seas. I guess we all need to start training to be computer engineers. Until of course those jobs also start to be considered "blue collar".
Boy, not a babe in the bunch of them.
“a 49-year-old computer technician”
That’s a blue collar job? Amazing how when I was doing that I had to do it business casual.
If it is blue collar, it’s not our fault he paid for college so he could put all his eggs in one basket. I don’t want to hear anyone like that whining because they ended up screwed.
“...and I get at least one or two monthly hits on resumes out there that are as old as Moses.”
You nailed it. Husband is an IT Geek with an alphabet of certifications and he gets head-hunted at least once a month...from a resume that’s 2 years old. (And that’s OLD in IT.)
He’s enjoying being his own boss these days. Plenty of work out there if one is motivated enough to seek it out.
Republicans are happier than Democrats and ... old men tend to be happier than old women.
Women's Studies? Urban Studies? Basket Weaving? iPod Studies? The Sociology of Porn?
Wow. Diversity offers such a cornucopia of educational choices! It's hard to pick just one!
For babes you need to check out the founders of the NOW organization in their original group photo 1966.
Interesting that the feminists (heterosexual back then) in 1966 still smiled.
Isn’t that Michael Steele second from the right?
Oh my, is michelle obimbo in the front row, 2nd from right. It is hard to miss that famous stance. You know, the bowling ball between the knees look.
I don’t know but I think that I could cure that one on the left front.
Thanks for those links Cindy!
I may be behind the times but I don’t consider a computer technician to be a blue collar worker, not that there’s anything wrong with being a computer technician. In my youth a blue collar worker was someone who worked in a factory, drove a truck or otherwise actually got callouses on their hands through manual labor-but like I said, I’m probably just behind the times.
Good news for "minorities." Bad news for WASP males.
He doesn’t have a college degree.
That could be his problem. Lots of companies require a degree before they will consider someone for a job like a computer tech.
He might have 20 years experience in his field, but he won’t even get an interview and the job will go to someone with no experience and a BA in sociology.
What is a rug muncher?
My computer programmer brother told me 15 years ago that programming is the “blue collar job of the future.”
Looks like he was right.
And me—never thought I’d ever have to learn to program a computer—female, bad at math, 40 yrs old, mom to 4, zero interest in computers—my employer last year asked me to learn Visual Basic for Applications, for Excel, and I have.
Pigs fly. . .
Soon we will all be programmers. It’s simply the future.
The picture was taken in 1966. Add 43 years to her age and then think about it.
The picture was taken in 1966. Add 43 years to her age and then think about it.
That occurred to me after I posted, I did cure a campus NOW President once though.
He probably sets up them up, plugs this into that, fixes jammed printers and maybe changes out parts. That would be what we call a "technician" like in HVAC technician. I'm blue collar, a Plant Engineering Technician and I spend more time with computers than anything since most of our HVAC equipment is now controlled by them. This also includes basic programming in the building management software language. We use Siemens Apogee Insight.
You’re welcome Sparky1776.
Google it and report back. Make sure your virus definitions are up to date though.
You are right. I misread it. Thanks for pointing it out.
Thanks for this morning's smile.
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v.tr. To chew or eat audibly, especially in Women's Departments of Universities and at abortion rallies.
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It would have the same effect.
After having a several months affair with me, she resigned her leadership role and left NOW.
Evidently I can fix'em.
Oh, yeah. Those ‘curious’ teenage boys and their viral destruction of the Family Computer is a money well that will never dry up, LOL!
“In the 1990-91 recession, men lost 1.037 million jobs. They have lost 4.5 million to date in this one. ‘This time around it is amazingly different in terms of the magnitude,’ Sum said.”
Let me be the first to say, “0bama’s Fault!”
Truly, that’s SOME number to wrap your brain around! We’re remaining relatively untouched here in southern Wisconsin, but the ripples are starting to be felt due to the Auto Industry problems; local dealerships are closing, and that effects everyone down the food/retail chain. We’ve lost a dairy, which is tragic, and the main problem is that business isn’t moving here IN THE FIRST PLACE because of our tax-happy Democrat-run Governorship, House and Assembly.
So far, the fact that we have a LOT of government, a big state-run university and lots of hospitals has helped greatly; they’re pretty recession-proof.
But, I have no doubt that it’s coming. We’ve been doing pretty well so far, and only have one family member laid off right now; but he’s a liberal, tree-hugging, barely employable bum to begin with, LOL!
We were told a couple of weeks ago that some folks on State Department of Education pensions (not teachers, but ancillary educational workers) had their pensions cut. They are flaming libs and were *shocked* at the *investments* of their plan. They were in the *core* (conservative) program. They were warned back in February and had 2% cut in March. This was an additional cut effective, IIRC, as of June. It wasn’t a huge amount, but the writing is one the wall. Unfortunately, this affects many of my husband’s clients, but we haven’t had any effect from it, yet. He does have a regular client who lost 40% due to being invested in the *variable* pension plan option, but she returned after about a month.
I am unsure if this also affects teachers.
Sorry, blue collar workers. The free trade crowd decided you made too much money. Outsource all jobs, print more money. All we have to do is look at the economy to see what a massive success this strategy has been.
Bbbbbut?! We voted for Hope and Change!!!!!!!
OK, riddle me this, Batman:
Q: What is the difference between a Triscuit and a lesbian?
A: One of them is a snack cracker.
My Husband says, “You are a very lucky man!” LOL!
I don’t know jack about computers. I don’t know jack about my car. I don’t know jack about plumbing or heating or air conditioning or how our riding lawn mower works...but there’s always someone handy that does! ;)
However...Husband couldn’t balance our budget, balance his checkbook or find foodstuffs in an overflowing refrigerator or pantry to save his life!
That’s where MY skills come in handy. ;)
And that ‘diapering babies’ and ‘holding anyone’s head over the toilet and not getting pukey myself’-thing has earned me TONS of Brownie Points over the years... ;)
Do what you can with it.
1) What attracted you to one another initially?
2) How did you convince her to reach first base with a man?
3) Did she persuade any of her friends?
She was hetro, NOW used to not be lesbian, I hired her for my sales crew, she was brilliant and could read Greek and Latin, I was just out of the army, her (young) boss and only wanted to sell, drink and party.
I don’t remember talking to her about feminism but when I asked her why she quit she said that she had only had about a half dozen staid, boring boyfriends (probably well bred) and that she didn’t know that men were so much fun, etc.
She was quite a gal and if you haven’t had sex in a Toyota Corolla going from Arlington to Dallas after a succesful sales night, without headlights (alternator out) drinking beer, with two other girls and a guy in the back seat, and you driving with her sitting on your lap, then you may not know how to fix feminists.
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