By Josh Patrick
NEW YORK (AdviceIQ) -- Jobless stats drop steadily and companies being to cry for workers. Our national future may hinge on filling jobs fast. One contentious solution seems best: Workers from beyond our borders.
I recently heard Neil Howe, a demographer who pays lots of attention to social and population shifts in this country, mention that there are 4 million job openings right now. Four million.
Who imagined that? All we hear are stories about all the people who can't find work. It might be a good idea to spend at least a little time talking about this problem -- and this opportunity.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment jumped 288,000 in June and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1%. Professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places and health care industries spearheaded the rosy numbers.
What's the real story about U.S. employment, and how do we start dealing with numbers that fall short somewhere?
Start with training. During a recent television interview, Mike Rowe, host of the former Discovery Channel reality show Dirty Jobs, claimed that 1.5 million blue-collar jobs are open. Many of those jobs pay close to $100,000 per year.
He maintained that we aren't training those who are better off working blue-collar jobs than going to college. I agree: We need to stop having every student on a strict college track. Some people are just better suited for blue-collar jobs.
Get something done on immigration. The other 2.5 million of Howe's open jobs are professional and technical. It's beyond me why we don't give a green card and lawful residence to everyone who goes to school in the U.S. and graduates with either a math or engineering degree.