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February 23, 2008


Thanks for your comments - I apologize for the omission. The sentence should have read " the average Tennessee [employer]spends $4,152 per year on worker training..."
You mention if this was the case it is "peanuts."
Exactly! With so few skilled workers and the seemingly endless flood of bad reports on our education process, businesses will need to spend invest much more than "peanuts" to train employees if they expect to get the skills they need to do business. And as you suggested it might take the $4,152 per employee - otherwise they may get what they pay for.

Thanks again for bringing the oversight to my attention.

"To get employees ready to work, the average Tennessee spends $4,152 per year on worker training, according to the employer survey."

Assuming this was a readable sentence, either the entire company is getting trained for peanuts, or each worker is getting full tuition at the state university. This would mean the entire staff had college degrees in 4 years and the company would be all ph.d's in 8.

I don't see a problem, either way I read it.

You are correect. Like the "national housing crisis" there is no "national" statistic. Shortages and excesses of employee is indeed local. Oregon like many states may have an excess of people looking for jobs but the key is "skilled worker shortage."

Why are the PhDs looking? Are dissatisfied in their current jobs or are they just not employable? With an expected nationwide shortage of 2 million teachers, there are plenty of opportunities.

I suspect they either aren't willing to relocate or the skills they have (like many workers) do not fit the jobs of tomorrow.

But regardless of the reason, many jobs that drive economic growth in this country go wanting.

Plenty of cheap labor here in Oregon, employees are a dime a dozen, including lot's of Ph.D.'s. Companies should move to Oregon. There's never been a labor shortage in Oregon's history. Every job gets thousands of applicants.

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