An Opinion: We don’t know what the “jobs picture” will look like on……….

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Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor of

We don’t know what the “jobs picture” will look like on the other side of the first two triage steps (read article: ); this article assumes the s[ps will be taken and will be successful.  All we know is that if those steps are not taken, no new jobs will be created and millions more of the old jobs will disappear. That will leave not much of our economic house remaining except some damaged supporting walls, which will begin falling in on each other.  This is not a situation in which class warfare will be helpful.  What will be helpful is to study new technology’s impact on the workplace, and to hypothesize what to do about it.  My own thoughts always come back to the idea that the word “jobs” is becoming as obsolete as many 20th Century jobs themselves.  Which, as I have suggested in my book “The Technology Imperative” (, makes “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” an eerie sort of rant.

In recent years we have heard much talk about more and more Americans becoming entrepreneurs.  Clearly that has happened, but it defies quantification.  The small businesses that are touted as job creators are not what most people regard as “small” businesses.  A company with hundreds of workers is classified as a “small” business.  If a company with, say, 100 employees is one of those Vector Two tech-driven companies on its way up, then it can be a serious job creator.  The number of entrepreneurs who own companies with a workforce of, say, 100 or more is relatively small.  On the other hand, how many Americans do you suppose have gone into business lately on their own—literally on their own?  I doubt anyone can honestly estimate the number of people who are doing landscaping, or computer consulting, or specialized regional sales representation, or any number of both manual and technical occupations either all alone or with minimal hired help.  I suspect you would agree that it is a very high number.  I suspect that it is a growing number and that a higher percentage are finding success than in decades past—technology, especially communications technology, being the prime reason.


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