‘B****ed It All Up’: Mike Rowe Explains Why 7 Million Able-Bodied Men Aren’t Looking For Work, And It’s Not ‘A Skills Gap’ | Eastern North Carolina Now | “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe explained to Megyn Kelly that there’s “7 million able-bodied men” who aren’t looking for work and he’s said it’s not a “skills gap” but instead a “will gap” as too many appear to be addicted to their screens.

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    "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe explained to Megyn Kelly that there's "7 million able-bodied men" who aren't looking for work and he's said it's not a "skills gap" but instead a "will gap" as too many appear to be addicted to their screens.

    During his recent appearance on Sirius XM's "The Megyn Kelly Show" podcast, the host asked Rowe what he thought was the reason why millions of men in America between the ages of 25-54 aren't only unemployed, but aren't even looking for a job. The TV host said that there isn't just one reason but several, as he listed what he believes has led to this "lopsided" workforce in America, calling it "troubling."

    Rowe said to him it's not a matter of "labor disputes" when it comes to the lack of blue-collar workers but a myriad of things starting with removing shop class in the 70s and 80s from high school. He explained, "It's not a coincidence today that those vocations are the very jobs currently lacking in the market." Combine that with the push around the same time to get people to go get higher education, which he said "we b****ed it all up."


    "To talk about the existence of 11 million jobs that virtually nobody wants juxtaposed with 7 million able-bodied men between the ages of 25-54 who are not only not working, that's not the problem," Rowe said. "They are affirmatively not looking for jobs. So you push all of that together, it really does make for a very disappointing kind of bouillabaisse."

    "College needed a PR campaign back in the 70s and 80s," he added. "We genuinely needed more people to go in pursuit of some of this thing we call higher education. But we b****ed it all up. We didn't just make the case for a four year school. We made the case at the expense of all other forms of education."

    "So, now there's stigmas and stereotypes ... all kinds of bull crap that keeps people from pursuing many of these 11 million open jobs right now that paradoxically are the very jobs that make civilized life for the rest of us," the "Dirty Jobs" host continued.

    When Rowe was pressed further by Kelly why those 7 million guys are "sitting on the sidelines," he said he's not so sure there's a "skills gap" anymore, but a "will gap."

    "What the research indicates ... a majority of that cohort of people we're describing right now, these men, spend between 2,000 to 2,400 hours a year on screens," the TV host shared. "That's what they're doing. Now the average work week extrapolated over a year is 2,080 hours. That's their full-time job. They're on their screens."

    "There's something else going on in the country," he added. "It's unpleasant. It's troubling. It's important. And we have to talk about it. We have to find a way to stop looking at the workforce in terms of people who are unemployed and see it instead through the lens of the numbers of people who have affirmatively chosen not to work."
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( October 24th, 2022 @ 11:46 pm )
All of this is absolutely true, and it is a point I have been making since I first made a county commissioner in 1994. Only in the last few years has my faint voice in the wilderness resonating its continued truth.

That truth is the Education Industry first serves itself, then the possibly second or third.

And whose fault is that? I would lay that blame at the feet of poor political leaders and their unwise constituency that has created a democratic feed back loop that has perpetrated this fine mess that is confounding our teetering society.

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