2013 May 04 Saturday
High School Drop-Out Employment Down 14% Since Dec 2007

From December 2007 until now only jobs for college graduates have grown. Those with college but no bachelors degree are about where they started in terms of total employment since 2007. But since their population has grown their rate

Lower IQ people (including even average IQ people) are getting hit much worse. Total employment for those with just high school degrees is down 9% since December 2007. Total employment for those who didn't even graduate high school is down 14.1%. What is most amazing of all: This is not a front page story while liberal newspapers run stories and columns on why the US should let in more immigrants. Since any immigrant with an IQ less than 115 is going to compete for a dwindling pool of jobs the mainstream elite position on immigration is insane.

Think about what this portends for the future. Automation is going to cut even more low-skilled jobs. Cashiers are already getting replaced by self-serve checkout in Wal-Marts and in some countries McDonalds has installed self-serve ordering machines where people swipe their own bank or credit card to pay.

Lots of companies, including law firms, are implementing a college graduates only hiring policy. Granted this isn't a really high bar. A substantial number of degrees are from easy majors at colleges with lower standards. But that still puts an IQ floor on hiring candidates. Add in some questions in the job interview and suddenly higher IQ lawyers never have to deal with anyone with an IQ below at least 110 or even 115. In some firms the floor has got to be even higher.

In 2012, 39 percent of job postings for secretaries and administrative assistants in the Atlanta metro area requested a bachelorís degree, up from 28 percent in 2007, according to Burning Glass.

Companies do not use as many secretaries as they used to. Lots of office work has been automated. It seems likely that what remains for humans is harder than what was automated. The degree requirement filters for intelligence and other desired qualities. The article reports on a $10 an hour law office document courier with a college degree. That's what happens when students do not major in useful subjects.

The grim outlook for lower IQ kids makes it imperative that prospective parents embrace genetic testing on IVF embryos as soon as the technology is available. If you have a baby boy in 2013 with an IQ of just 100 IQ his career prospects are going to be bleak.

Demographic changes caused by immigration are lowering the average skill level of the populace. It is therefore not surprising that About a quarter of those between age 25 and 34 are not working. Higher than France, Britain, Japan, Germany, or Canada.

Over the last 12 years, the United States has gone from having the highest share of employed 25- to 34-year-olds among large, wealthy economies to having among the lowest.

This is going to get much worse.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 May 04 08:44 PM 


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