| NormanH wrote:|
1)A major problem is the mismatch of the skills needed by employers and those that unemployed people have to offer, especially at the relatively unskilled end of the market.
I wouldn't have believed people at the "relatively unskilled end of the market" could be difficult to be taught other skills - I really hate the term "retraining" so often used in the UK, as it seems to equate people with dogs.
However, I recently hired a "gardener" offering his services on Leboncoin. He razed about half of our flowers and bushes to the ground, while preserving some particularly sturdy weeds, and dug up a large bed of autumn crocus bulbs, which he made into a pile, and announced he had found a lot of onions. He also raked out all the dry grass mulch under the hedge into a large pile and proudly told me he had cleared up the mess there.
I don't believe he could be taught to do anything useful, except maybe to supervise paint drying.
I also had a young man, about 21 or so, in England, a tenant in a house we rented, who couldn't pay.
I offered him work laying a small concrete slab, to pay off his debt. The first job was to dig out a shallow area in which to lay it, but he didn't know how to operate a spade. I tried for several minutes, but he couldn't get the hang of it, and walked off.
The armed forces once performed a very useful function, but now apparently require people with an IQ above double figures.
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken 1880 - 1956
Some may not like his views, but what a prediction!