When Jobs Leave America…

There’s still a lot of talk in the media around here about those $25 per hour Carrier and Rexnord jobs that are going to Mexico to pay Mexicans an hourly wage of something closer to three bucks. Of course, when someone says a worker is going to lose his or her job, it’s pretty clear there is a misunderstanding of economics. It’s not the worker’s job – it’s his employer’s job to give or take away or move someplace else. It’s a harsh reality, but reality nonetheless. What the worker has are job skills – to use with his current employer or to take to another employer that is more to his or her liking. The problem is when workers have no transferable job skills. American workers are priced out of the unskilled job market and the result is they are being replaced by either by automation or lower compensated foreign workers. Long term employment is not so much about having a job, it’s about having marketable job skills.

Could the solution for American workers possibly be more obvious? I daresay it could not, but don’t hold your breath. There’s a lot of resistance by those who seem to think if they complain loudly enough, high-paying unskilled jobs will make a return.  I wish them luck. I certainly think they are going to need it…