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Old 07-25-2019, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by slash2k View Post
Where is this "elsewhere"?

1. A lot of people are geographically locked, for a variety of reasons: spouse's job, familial obligations, etc. While some regions have lots of jobs, if you are constrained to jobs in small-town Nebraska or the hollers of eastern Kentucky, you are on the wrong side of the supply/demand curve and have no leverage.

2. Job concentration is a thing. For example, the single largest private-sector employer in nineteen states is the same company (Wal-Mart); they have enormous power over wages in the retail sector. While most businesses in the US are classified as small, most people work for large firms: half of the private-sector workforce is employed by just 0.4 percent of businesses (cite). You can't go elsewhere if the "elsewhere" is the same company.

3. Particularly in the unskilled to semi-skilled parts of the economy, automation and outsourcing means employers don't need as many hands. If workers demand too much more money, there's a decent chance they can be replaced by somebody in Mumbai or Manila (or by a robot).

These are all issues. There are lots of workers and some have problems, but the great adventure of America is to go forth and seek your fortune.

The jobs market as measured by the statistics Iíve quoted has never been as good as it is now for one who wishes to sell their labor.

Again, an emotional plea you are making, but the actual problem is that there is a worker shortage.

So this thing you are arguing isnít really a thing.