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Who's left to employ? Tight job market scoops up those on the margin
CS Monitor ^ | 08/06/2018 | By Laurent Belsie

Posted on 08/06/2018 10:17:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Almost like clockwork, a growing US economy cranks out new jobs. In July, it added 157,000 positions, the US Labor Department reported Friday; in June, 248,000.

But with unemployment near 20-year lows and some analysts touting “full employment,” are there enough available people to keep filling them?

Population growth can account for about a third to a half of the new hires. But to keep the economy growing, people not currently working need to come off the sidelines to reenter the workforce. And that’s what’s happening. The story of who and how is a sometimes messy process, with people struggling with issues from health to criminal backgrounds getting jobs, losing them, and then gaining the courage to try again.

It’s also a tale of progress and hope.

Down the corridor from a law office, 10 floors above Boston’s bustling financial district, a dozen men and women are seated around tables shaped in a U. They’re taking an intensive two-week course here at JVS CareerSolution, learning how to find work despite a background of addiction or criminal activity.

There’s general agreement here that the economy is strong and that it’s a good time to look for a job. But there are complications.

“I have never had a problem finding a job; I have always had a problem keeping a job because of my CORI,” says Alonzo, wearing a bright white T-shirt. (The Monitor did not ask for last names in order to respect the privacy of the class.)

Massachusetts’ CORI, or Criminal Offender Record Information, is an obstacle for many in the class. Mark, a former mechanic, was recently rejected for jobs at two garages because of his criminal background. “You try to change your life,” he says, “and it's not working.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jobmarket; jobs; unemployment
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1 posted on 08/06/2018 10:17:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 08/06/2018 10:17:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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But Joe Scarborough says this is not a good economy and even if it was, the credit goes to Obama.


3 posted on 08/06/2018 10:18:02 AM PDT by samtheman (Let’s elect as many Republicans as possible in 2018)
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Those left? White middle age American tech workers are still affected by the many MILLIONS of H1-Bs. Also, those with disabilities (yet fully capable of doing the job) are available.


4 posted on 08/06/2018 10:20:15 AM PDT by StolarStorm
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I bet they are having trouble finding DRUG-FREE applicants.


5 posted on 08/06/2018 10:21:35 AM PDT by CMailBag
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Massachusetts’ CORI, or Criminal Offender Record Information, is an obstacle for many in the class. Mark, a former mechanic, was recently rejected for jobs at two garages because of his criminal background. “You try to change your life,” he says, “and it's not working.”

If the job market gets tight enough, businesses will give people with minor records a chance. Perhaps change the system so that after N years with no further trouble, the records get sealed.

6 posted on 08/06/2018 10:22:16 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It rubs the rainbow on it's skin or it gets the diversity again!")
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yup

I wonder if they’ve stopped testing in many places, especially for pot.


7 posted on 08/06/2018 10:22:58 AM PDT by samtheman (Let’s elect as many Republicans as possible in 2018)
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I don’t believe the unemployent numbers for a second. The unemployment numbers have een fudged so draatically over the past 30 years, they are eaningless. Just like the inflation rate. Millions and millions of eople are still unemployed, underemployed, or want to work full time rather than part time. Millions of people are going uncounted, from college grads living with Mom, to 50 year olds forced into retirement otpr on SSDI when they ould rather work.r

It is like the current housing boom. There is a large shadow inventory that still has yet to hit the market. A lot of ese are renrals that sellers gave up trying o sell after housing collapsed. They still want o sell,but they are just now waking up to the current sellers market. When they all do, inventoy is going to shoot up.

The uneployment numers are bogus lies. All lies. The economy is booming under President Trump, and we should have full employment by the end of his 2nd term, especially after the infrastructure bill is passed, but we are not even close to full employment yet. Not as it ould have been counted 40 years ago.


8 posted on 08/06/2018 10:28:35 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (End the Mueller Gestapo now. Free the Donald.)
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To: StolarStorm; Bon mots

[Those left? White middle age American tech workers are still affected by the many MILLIONS of H1-Bs. Also, those with disabilities (yet fully capable of doing the job) are available.]

Thank you.


9 posted on 08/06/2018 10:28:52 AM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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I bet they are having trouble finding DRUG-FREE applicants.

That's a big red BINGO

10 posted on 08/06/2018 10:30:26 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Make American Intelligence Great Again.)
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My 20 year old lazy assed POS step-son. When he was 19 he went and got $197/month in food stamps when he moved out. He managed to lose every job he ever had and even got himself kicked out of Marine Corps during boot camp. Haven’t seen him since he got back and last I heard he’s staying with his equally worthless dad who will not put any pressure on him to get a job. Sad part is every where you look the businesses are posting Now Hiring signs in their windows.

His mother and I were just saying this weekend he’s probably the only person in the Tri City, Washington area that doesn’t have a job...


11 posted on 08/06/2018 10:31:20 AM PDT by shotgun ( .)
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[I bet they are having trouble finding DRUG-FREE applicants.]

Even 8 years ago I knew of one particular employer that had that problem.


12 posted on 08/06/2018 10:31:22 AM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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Jobs should go to Americans first, of course. But if there is a shortage of workers, let the employers compete for them. The best workers get the best jobs for the best companies at the best rates, etc. No government intervention. The government bringing in foreign labor is a sure way to lose your country.


13 posted on 08/06/2018 10:31:52 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!)
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You mean companies actually have to consider people that want to work, but dont meet their absurd requirements to have a 5 year degree and 20 years of experience when the damn job is 99% learned through simple training? Or that people that served their time, and are on the straight and narrow should actually be given a shot?


14 posted on 08/06/2018 10:35:34 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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Neither of the people living in this condo have jobs. I'm not looking for one. Neither is my mom.

Semi disclaimer, I'm 71 and retired last month, mom is 93 and retired for 20 years.

15 posted on 08/06/2018 10:39:36 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Make American Intelligence Great Again.)
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Nice...


16 posted on 08/06/2018 10:40:44 AM PDT by shotgun ( .)
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They can go to the local jails and recruit. A decent job will help them go straight. That plus regular drug testing.


17 posted on 08/06/2018 10:41:10 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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[Jobs should go to Americans first, of course. But if there is a shortage of workers, let the employers compete for them. The best workers get the best jobs for the best companies at the best rates, etc. No government intervention. The government bringing in foreign labor is a sure way to lose your country.]

Hey now. You can’t be talking ‘bout freedom and Capitalism in the U.S.A.

You are going to offend the Marxists, the Socialists, the Communists and all other Democrat-supported revolutionaries. And the New World Order Uniparty will be deeply-saddened.

Oops I mean “Progressives”.


18 posted on 08/06/2018 10:41:57 AM PDT by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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I worked part time in a restaurant until last month. One of the fun things to do to the new young employees was to ask if they were ready for our quarterly drug test.

Their panic was fun to watch.

I don't think 10% would pass if there really was a test.

19 posted on 08/06/2018 10:46:35 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Make American Intelligence Great Again.)
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Middle aged anything with technical degrees and experience. We are seen as too e pensive (old) and ignored. 3 rejection letters last week, one this morning.


20 posted on 08/06/2018 10:50:23 AM PDT by fuente (Liberty resides in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box--Fredrick Douglas)
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