Monday, September 28, 2009

Distractions

I'm tempted to write again about Kathleen Parker's continued steamroller-bashing of ACORN and all its associates,now including SEIU. "Wade Rathke's vast empire." When was the last time you saw conservative pundits and policymakers do anything positive for home health care workers and janitors -- low paid, part time, tough working conditions. I'll leave the commentary to others.

Instead I'll write about jobs.

"Job seekers now outnumber openings six to one, the worst ratio since the government began tracking open positions in 2000...only 2.4 million full-time positions were open, with 14.5 million people officially unemployed."

Peter S. Goodman, "U.S. Job Seekers Exceed Openings by Record Ratio," The New York Times,September 27, 2009.

This certainly puts in perspective the job creation (or job saving) numbers projected for the economic stimulus -- ARRA. What's that number again? I'm still puzzled that local's cannot use new federal training dollars on the table to subsidize jobs, wages, or pay training stipends. An ARRA expert might retort that the feds are creating the jobs through expanded weatherization dollars,etc. True, but in one city in which I work this adds up to about 33 jobs a year. There will certainly be more jobs created by linking to other pots of green dollars, but the numbers aren't staggering especially given the unemployment.

1 comment:

homework said...

the numbers aren't staggering- and what about the quality of jobs? i wont even start with WAP and their subcontracting model (in the NE). on a related note, i am curious to see what types of "green" workforce development programs the pathways out of poverty grants and others incubate, and whether these lead to any good jobs. a lot of ppl i know are hanging their hopes on green careers (beyond jobs). hopefully not in vain.