Mike Rowe: Today’s Skilled Labor Shortage Is No Surprise, by Gwendolyn Sims

A lot or remunerative, skilled labor jobs go begging these days while college graduates with white-collar aspirations but few marketable skills end up working fast food or coffee shops. From Gwendolyn Sims at pjmedia.com:

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If anyone could rightfully say, “I told ya so” when it comes to the sad state of America’s workforce, it’s Mike Rowe, host of the hit TV series “Dirty Jobs.”

Thirteen years ago, his mikeroweWORKS Foundation began a campaign to bring awareness about the 2.3 million skilled jobs that were open across the country. “Today, that number is approaching 11 million,” said Rowe on Facebook. “Of note — most of those open jobs do not require a four-year degree; they require training.”

“I am not surprised by today’s headlines, or by what’s happened to our workforce,” he said. “I’m not surprised that many of America’s critical industries are still struggling to fill millions of skilled positions. I am not surprised that millions of parents and corporations still believe a four-year degree is the best path for the most people. I’m not surprised that student loans now eclipse $1.7 trillion. And I’m not surprised that airlines are canceling flights right and left.”

What really surprises Rowe is why anyone is surprised at all.

How could anyone be surprised that after “we told an entire generation that they had no hope of succeeding without a college degree,” we’d end up with $1.7 trillion in student debt and tuition so exorbitantly expensive “when the government encourages everyone to borrow whatever it costs to get a diploma—and then forgives the debt?” asked Rowe. I’m certainly not surprised, but no one made students sign those loan papers.

How could anyone be surprised there’s a shortage of pilots or other skilled airport workers after an untold number have refused the vaccine mandate? “We can discuss the wisdom or the foolishness of complying, but how can anyone be surprised that millions of workers in many critical industries have resisted the Biden mandate?” he said.

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