Labor Shortage 1

Counting down to the Atlanta Recuiting Roadshow, each day one in the recent series “Labor Shortage”

John Sumser's Recruiting Roadshow

First of all, it’s always been really hard to get “good help.” If you are hiring in the up part of a business cycle, it always seems like there is a shortage. Conversely, it the down cycle employees seem plentiful. “Good help”, however, is always scarce.

All of the talk about a more generic labor shortage (one that transcends the vagaries of the business cycle began in the early 1990s. It was clear then, as it is now, that the rapid population growth of the 20th century was coming to a close. The U.S. population more than tripled during the 20th century – a growth rate of about 1.3 percent a year – from about 76 million in 1900 to 281 million in 2000. (This is unlike most European countries, especially Germany, Russia, Italy and Greece, whose population growth are slowly declining.)    .

Meanwhile, the population of the planet grew from 1 Billion to 6 Billion in slightly under 200 years.

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