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Old 05-22-2019, 11:56 AM
 
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My first job was in 2002 working at an event planner company during the recession. We literally had out-of-work engineers and college grads working for $10/hour doing pretty simple tasks. Unemployment was probably around 6% at the time and skilled workers were seeking jobs *below their potential out of need for a paycheck. Fast-forward to 2006 where unemployment was under 4% and business owners struggled to find workers to fill positions. After the Credit Crash, many people found sanctuary in the gig-economy. College educated folks were working odd-jobs here and there to make ends meet until the economy improved.

Well the economy has improved and now employers (including the gig-economy) are struggling to fill positions again with record-low unemployment. Not to be too judgey, but I'm sure we all think of a handful of recent-hires as under-qualified, lack a good work ethic, or are "unemployable." Now we're seeing it in the gig-economy too where we might have hit rock-bottom. There are cases of Uber Eats drivers consuming their customer's food before delivery, ride-share drivers doing horrible things, and now this petsitter inviting relatives/getting naked/and probably having sex all over the client's home:



https://youtu.be/wDMNBeeflP4



I'm glad I'm not an employer. Thoughts?





*I typically hate the idea of being "over-qualified" because too many workers think they are better than their job...which inherently proves them wrong in most cases.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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One of my touchstones for very low employment is complete morons, walking zombies, in customer service positions. I remember it well in low-unemployment times past. Very frustrating.

Have not seen it this round. I suppose bottom-end CS and gig jobs will start showing some strain, sooner or later.
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Old 05-22-2019, 01:22 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I haven't seen that, but in our office we have been having a lot of trouble finding qualified people to fill vacancies with many retirements and several good people being poached by Amazon and others. For example, an Accountant opening that pays about $80,000 resulted in 30+ applicants, with only 4 that actually met the requirements. We interviewed them and selected the only one that was suitable based on the interviews, negotiated the starting pay and date, verified references, then the day before the start date the applicant called and bailed. We now have to re-announce and start all over. Currently we have 20 openings in progress, and a backlog waiting for HR to get to them.
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Old 05-22-2019, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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In my neck of the woods, there are plenty of jobs available in the $10-$12/hr range. The challenge is finding people who are literate, can pass a drug test (sans pot), and who show up.

There aren't enough decent jobs in the $50k+ range that people can live off of.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:56 AM
 
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Once went to an Economist lecture where he explained his "iced tea test" to confirm his data. He'd land, rent a car at the airport and drive to a fast food place and order an iced tea. Typically a dollar and change cost. He'd pull up to the window and hand them three ones and like 47 cents in mixed change. He'd time how long it took them to figure it out. The longer it took the better the economy. He said the very best economies were where after five minutes the manager opened the window and handed him both the tea and all his money because no one could figure it out.
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Old 05-27-2019, 10:01 AM
 
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Will be nice when we get these AI bots programmed correctly.
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:47 PM
 
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The ten dollar an hour jobs are still available for the less educated to perform. Full employment means the dumbest of the dumb are now working.
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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The ten dollar an hour jobs are still available for the less educated to perform. Full employment means the dumbest of the dumb are now working.
Not in my experience; see above. I find it worrisome that there aren't any walking dead at fast food counters etc., with the unemployment rate at nil and jobs going wanting. Supposedly.
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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We are hearing that local police jobs are going unfilled.
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Old 05-28-2019, 02:24 PM
 
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We are hearing that local police jobs are going unfilled.
Most people would not pass the background check.
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