Jobs are no longer what they used to be, perhaps sensed somewhat by the Republicans who have stopped talking about “jobs, jobs, jobs” and Democrats only giving marginal political significance to the figures. What jobs used to be is what Republicans have been fighting against for years. What they used to be was represented by the General Motors’ mass production lines, unions and their pension systems.
Employment recovery tends to be more slowly than ever and it seems that it will never reach previous proportions. The increased emphasis on an ever-growing importance of the bottom line operates against more workers. Higher paid workers linger with high quality products, as has been the case in Germany, where trends toward robotic investment also linger among other factors and along with the high cost, especially those of the rapid changes in the robotics themselves.
When it comes to human beings, more emphasis will have to be placed on education directed toward “earning a living,” the provision of individual services, rather than on former-type workers on line production of recent industrial employment trends.
Normally, the type of education that society provided was dictated more by the type of educators available and somewhat by “fashion.” Today and in the near future, education will have to be directed more toward the way individuals will “earn a living” more on their own rather than depending on being employed by larger manufacturing firms especially.
Some of the lower employment figures being reported today may already be reflecting these tendencies, as robotics have rather rapidly increased in use and haven’t been reflected in the statistics and this is probably more the reason for higher rate of part-time workers than applied governmental restrictions and regulations being blamed by conservatives.
I’m not an expert on the accuracy of statistics but I sense the number of economic changes have not been accounted for and therefore are not being observed carefully, especially in making collective economic decisions. These decisions also affect our near future educational needs and call for more rapid response to changing educational requirements.