Saturday, August 25, 2007

Where is the next worker going to come from?

Get a clue, America.

As our population ages healthier (and refuse to die), and birth rates continue to decline, who's going to provide the "service" in this "service" economy? We're scaring all the good labor out of the country and we'll be left with an aging population and no one to service them. Where's those illegals when you need them?

This article from Montana about a business owner who CAN'T FIND WORKERS provides shades of things to come:

"This is actually the biggest economic story of our time, and we don't quite grasp it because it is 15 years in the making," said economist Larry Swanson, director of the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.

The owner of a fast food joint in Montana's booming oil patch found himself outsourcing the drive-thru window to a Texas telemarketing firm, not because it's cheaper but because he can't find workers.Record low unemployment across parts of the West has created tough working conditions for business owners, who in places are being forced to boost wages or be creative to fill their jobs.

John Francis, who owns the McDonald's in Sidney, Mont., said he tried advertising in the local newspaper and even offered up to $10 an hour to compete with higher-paying oil field jobs. Yet the only calls were from other business owners upset they would have to raise wages, too. Of course, Francis' current employees also wanted a pay hike. "I don't know what the answer is," Francis said. "There's just nobody around that wants to work."