Good grief. Well, I guess that since the recession will go on for ever, getting worse and worse, and since there will never be a recovery, there is really no point in retraining for jobs, since there will be less and less jobs until, ultimately everyone in American (except Rich Fat Cats™, Top Hat Wearing Capitalists(aar) and the like) will be unemployed. Let me use my vast powers of prognostication here…the answer is…it’s coming to me…wait for it…waaaaiiitttt for iiiiitttttt…the answer is…massive tariffs geared toward countries that use cheap labor (but not Europe, Japan or Canada) and and outlawing outsourcing and offshoring! Am I right??
Or, maybe it’s that we are in a recession right now (well, not technically by the definition of ‘recession’ I guess)…a pretty nasty one. So, until we aren’t in a recession anymore, companies aren’t going to be hiring back all the folks they laid off when the recession started. And folks in the building trades, or related industries are pretty much fucked…we had that housing bubble after all, so in much of the country they aren’t exactly looking to build a bunch of new houses at this point. Retraining is great…it’s a good idea if you happen to be in an industry that is totally slumped and that has little prospects in the future, but the thing is until companies start re-hiring or expanding you would have to choose what to be retrained in very carefully. You’d have to look at not only what’s hot in the jobs market in your area, but try and predict what’s actually growing in your area, or in an area you want to move too…which can be very difficult, since it’s going to vary quite a bit depending on what region you are in and how hard hit that region was.
So…there is really no answer to the OP (he didn’t really expect one…it’s simply a platform for him to launch another discussion about how we should be imposing steep tariffs and outlawing outsourcing and offshoring, and how the Chinese are kicking our asses and will end up owning the country because they know how to impose tariffs and protect their industries and get their workers to work at slave wages and…er, well, not that last part). There is no job category that is going to be a sure fire winner for all Americans everywhere to retrain for. And with the country still in recession mode, if not actually in a recession, companies are simply not hiring back at the volumes needed to get all those folks who lost there jobs when the recession hit back to work. The only thing that will ACTUALLY get those folks back to work is for us to get out of the damn thing and start recovering…and I don’t think that’s going to happen tomorrow.