Hard to believe, but it’s now been half a decade.
I posted for the first time here on April 10th, 2012, with a preliminary welcome message. Since then I have come back 262 times, or almost exactly once a week.
My original idea was to give insight on employment in America, especially supporting the thesis, which I still hold, that the jobs crisis is permanent and will not go away with better economic times. A few months before I had released the book of the same name, and several of the posts were taken from it. Since then I have incorporated ideas from my follow-on volume, Choosing a Lasting Career.
This blog has evolved since then. I have moved into public policy, first on Barack Obama’s words and actions and the same with his successor Donald Trump. I have looked at not only the specifics of what is happening with jobs here, but also in other countries. I have written on larger changes I see, some similar to those documented in my books but some different. Over the past year or so I have focused especially on a few fast-changing areas critical for American employment, namely driverless vehicles, robots, the sharing economy, the minimum wage, and guaranteed income. These are where the action is, and will shape much of what happens with jobs in the next decade and beyond.
My political views are easy to identify but hard to consolidate. I am independent and objective, and do not seek to reinforce or validate my readers’ opinions, whatever they are. I am classically conservative on environmentalism, minimum wages, and government intervention in general. I am liberal on overtime laws, social services for the poor and unemployed, and drug legalization. I am in favor of a guaranteed income, though not yet, and think gun laws should be adjusted in both directions rather than weakened or strengthened overall. I get my news from sources on the left, center, and right and consider ideas from all of them. I recommend that to everyone.
My real bias is in favor of more jobs, whatever their pay and benefits, so come out against anything that works against that. Those in favor of mandating $15 per hour or want to ensure that all employment pays “a living wage” or some such don’t seem to understand that geographic and personal differences make defining that impossible. I find it cruel that people who would dearly like to work, even at less than legal minimums, are barred from doing that.
Will I write more books? Probably, though most likely not for a while. In the meantime, my platform includes several other outlets. One is my weekly 5-minute radio show, WORK SHIFT, on WJFF 90.5 FM in nearby Jeffersonville, New York, which comes on at 10:00am Eastern Time on Wednesday mornings. You can also listen to its stream, at http://www.wjffradio.org/wjff/, and on podcasts at http://www.wjffradio.org/wjff/index.php?section=38. Another is my generally monthly 50-minute talk show appearance on The 11th Hour on WRTA 1240 AM out of Altoona, Pennsylvania – this show, hosted by Doug Herendeen and the winner of two Associated Press awards, also streams, at http://player.listenlive.co/51581, with the next one scheduled for 11:05am ET on May 17th. I maintain three Facebook pages, Work’s New Age, Choosing a Lasting Career, and AJSN, at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Works-New-Age/129923513764092,https://www.facebook.com/pages/Choosing-a-Lasting-Career/190327604467499, and https://www.facebook.com/ajsnjobs, and also send Twitter messages through @worksnewageusa, with links to #jobs and #employment. I produce and release the AJSN, or American Job Shortage Number, which tells in one figure how many more positions could be quickly filled if getting one were easy, monthly. All of this and more is on my website at http://choosingalastingcareer.com/. I also send out a newsletter eight times a year with my summary of the employment situation – if you want to be on its list, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading. I will be back next week, as usual, and hope for at least five more years.