Fixing the Jobs Problem Long Term
S.T.E.M. companies having tough time filling positions.
- Duration 6:11
- Date Sep 20, 2011
S.T.E.M. companies having tough time filling positions.
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It's doctor woody who writes great stuff that foxbusiness.com.
It looks like another nice day I'm just looking at them wanted to see.
Woody thanks for joining us today we're talking a lot about the jobs numbers unemployment -- -- you -- so much to help us.
In terms of finding employment are doing better in our job -- just -- -- her nerves in check.
Richard -- today.
Well it'd Jamie I was closing your previous conversation and and something that I wrote about last week and -- wrote about again this week is the fact that.
I don't think the president's plan really goes far enough when it comes to solving the jobs problem day.
And -- it has a very short term focus I think we have some long term problems in this country that we really need to deal with.
And the first of all.
You know although tax incentives and infrastructure projects sound nice those are not long term solutions and they don't solve the real problem which is demands.
We don't have demand right now.
And we don't have to make a good solution to education especially for those transition workers.
And for our future workers.
And it -- step back a little just think about this right now we've got you know fourteen some million people out of work and then probably double that when you look at those who are.
Involuntarily working part time or small business folks who are adversely affected in making less money think.
Over what 60% of people this -- work for small business.
We need to start tackling those issues -- -- -- about how to create demand but we -- to figure out how to -- one key issue and that is we have got.
Over 50% of employers out there in a recent manpower survey said that.
They can't -- mission critical positions.
So we have more than half companies in this country saying we have job openings we can't find people to fill them.
That's one of the problems we need to tackle right away is how do we go approach those folks out there that are unemployed and forget how to get them into these positions.
And -- -- it and it really -- me is that retraining and focusing people on the areas where there is hiring.
-- it's a couple things first.
In having some conversations with the with colleagues about this I talked to Fran and LA at last and with.
Job link in Maryland just to get kind of a local view.
And what -- He suggested in my conversation with -- was.
We first need to take some kind of national inventory of what are the jobs out there -- what of the future of jobs.
-- here different -- -- here in there and we hear different regional things but.
What we need to understand I think the federal government is take the lead in working with the private sector working with major job boards staffing companies to figure out.
What we're really -- the jobs and were the trends for these jobs because the the the solution of the problem is how do we.
First know where they are -- and -- we need to start.
Talking to local one stop centers around the country which are -- -- government funded agencies that help people get retrained and back to work.
As well as private nonprofit back to -- agencies to figure out.
How do we.
Develop the right skills and training in folks that are out there it right now.
Can't find a job and we've got -- nearly half the folks have been out of work out of work for over six months.
It and so they're sitting there and they're saying I can't find a job that I can get back into I don't have the skills and qualifications.
And I don't have the money to do it so we need to.
Focused spending I think on more positive things.
As -- -- creating more shovel ready projects which I think we know didn't work out so great the first go around.
So I think that's the first thing but.
When we really look longer term when it comes the education issue.
I think we really have a problem in this country when it comes to what's referred to -- stem education or knowledge in the stem areas.
And my stem when I mean is science technology.
Engineering and -- And the most recent week.
We trends and really pretty low among nations we re pretty low in those areas.
And now -- identified the problem I have to ask you to tell us what's the solution.
We'll hear let me tell you exactly how we rank in the most recent.
Trends in international math and science study.
It found that American.
Eighth graders ranking ninth in the world.
In science and math knowledge and American fourth graders rank eleventh in the world in math and science knowledge.
And guess what were widely regarded at least we were at one time as a leader in science and technology innovation and guess what.
We're falling way behind and those are our future workers those -- the ones that are going to be going into the work force ten years from now on taking over and guess what.
According to the Department of Commerce there's going to be -- 17% growth.
In science and technology jobs or those jobs or in and around the kind of stem areas.
So guess what.
As those jobs increase.
Our kids here are decreasing their ability to fill those jobs so who do you think's gonna end up filling -- -- socket of the Americans and those jobs won't stay here.
So I think we need to do -- -- talking about.
Infrastructure projects and tax incentives for small businesses who still don't have the money or demand -- want to hire people anyway.
We need to start thinking long term and saying how do we.
Bolster this type education all the way down.
Grade school middle school high school how do we keep our kids and start getting them prepared and this is about education in his -- education initiatives.
I'm not afraid we're losing this battle and it's not gonna get about -- -- unemployment continues to say hi.
And jobs continue to go off shore and you know we need to start focusing on education -- -- have a perfect answer for that but I think it needs to be a mind set first.
You know who's doing a lot of work in that area and you got to give him a lot of credit -- could be doing other things is former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
Who has an incredible education initiative and has really brought the educators of America together to try to improve not only.
Equality of education but also the options available it's a great point that you raised doctor woody.
People should go and read everything you put up at foxbusiness.com.
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