Why Are American Industries Still Struggling To Find Workers?

Why Are American Industries Still Struggling To Find Workers?

The United States is now experiencing huge job growth, with more job openings than people unemployed. And yet, several industries still struggle to find workers.

While wages haven’t been keeping up with the rising cost of consumer goods, the industries that are suffering the most actually pay good salaries in addition to benefits, and yet, they continue to face difficulties finding workers.


Construction, one of the most impacted fields, is suffering greatly, with young Americans not interested in the physically demanding work, making it difficult for the industry to find replacements for the aging workforce. And as President Donald Trump cracks down on immigration, legal or otherwise, the situation may worsen, as a growing number of workers who are willing to take on the demanding job are often immigrants.

Another industry that is suffering tremendously, especially after Trump, was the farming industry

Both in California and Washington, farmers are finding it hard to find workers. Relying on American workers is nearly impossible for these farmers, mainly because Americans don’t want agricultural jobs, and immigrants are hard to come by now. Even if farmers have the option to use the government’s guest worker program, they would have to raise the cost of their product since the program is too expensive.

Companies are also struggling to find truck drivers and the problem has become so widespread that this year alone there was 51,000 truck driving positions that remained unfilled. By 2021, this number could rise to 100,000. Especially if younger Americans don’t step up as baby boomers retire from the truck driving business.

No, You’re Not Entitled To An Education

Unfortunately, the long-lasting campaign to put everyone through college has a lot to do with this reality.

When government stepped in to make college “more affordable” through easy loans and grants, we saw a college debt crisis take shape that continues to haunt us to this day. Still, people continue to push the government to become even more involved, urging officials to even help students who can’t pay their loan back by forcing banks to “forgive” their debt, giving more and more young Americans perverse incentives to seek a higher education when, sometimes, that might not be the best path for them.

By creating a cultural demand for higher education out of the notion we are all entitled to a degree helped to boost the aversion toward professions that require physical work and no time spent in college. Now, as many Millennials see they made the wrong choice when they decided to go to college, they begin to change their tune. Still, not enough young men and women are making the switch, and record numbers of young Americans continue to seek higher education, ignoring high-paying jobs that only require much more affordable training. As such, we might continue to see a shortage in these industries for many more years to come.

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5 thoughts on “Why Are American Industries Still Struggling To Find Workers?

  1. Excellent article and great common sense. The great majority of immigrants the extreme right likes to hate are only responding to the lucrative (in their calculus) job on offer to illegal immigrants. If you don’t want them here, stop hiring them – duh!
    Oh, but to come down on American businesses might cost votes on both sides and the extreme left wants open borders – so common sense suffers once again!

  2. You missed the part about immigrant labor gutting the wages in the industries you mentioned. Wages may still be relatively high compared to unskilled labor, but why does the genuine American want to compete with immigrants for whom $20/hour is a fortune? With his useless degree, he can probably get a job paying the same with better hours and conditions and less competition from “guest” workers.

    Truckers are doing quite well in this market. It is almost as if wages rise when the supply of cheap labor drops…

  3. You are totally wrong when you say incomes have not kept up with rising consumer prices. Consumer goods are ever more affordable because of the private sector.
    Incomes have not kept up with rising housing prices caused by government interference with the housing market.

  4. Another fallout since the government is pushing college for all is the increasing demands from businesses to have a degree for jobs that didn’t require them in the past. Becomes a vicious circle. Business use degrees as a filter. Job hunters get degrees to get past the filter.

  5. We could have open borders, like the free country we are supposed to be, but that doesn’t mean every immigrant should have a path to citizenship. The Congress has the power to legislate the “naturalization” process, and can create several classes of immigrants, without every one of those classes being eligible for citizenship. Illegal aliens who have violated the immigration laws of the US to enter should be classed as “non-naturalizable”, criminals SHOULD NEVER have a path to citizenship. People judged as “deported” should be deported, with increasing penalties for new infractions. All plans by the left include “a path to citizenship for all immigrants,” even if those immigrants are here illegally, have murdered American citizens like Kate Steinle in San Francisco, and broken every law they are subject to. Citizenship should be reserved for those who obey the laws, and denied to those who broke the social contract to break the law.

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