As we wrote in 2013: Obama needed a visual to show that, no, really, truly, jobs really are being created somewhere in America for yet another one of his exercises in trying to pretend that he’s on the side of ordinary Americans.But it’s hard finding any really good success stories in an economy with 12.2 million counted as unemployed and over 28 million as “disemployed” which is the number of people out of work relative to normal labor force participation rates when the economy is in good shape.That’s just above the living wage for a single person in that city of .92….
And although it offers a “benefits package,” it’s not clear that it’s better than what other area employers offer.What’s most troubling to brick-and-mortar retailers and their workers is that Amazon’s sales growth is accelerating (19% in 2014, 20% in 2015 and 28% in 2016), and shows no sign of plateauing.Amazon isn’t just taking sales from brick-and-mortar stores; it’s also taking market share from traditional retailers’ online stores…. If Amazon can capture 40% of the GAFO market within five years (as seems likely), about 1.5 million jobs at brick-and-mortar stores could be lost.The article doesn’t add that some of these 7,000 jobs are part time and/or seasonal.
A quick look at a Chattanooga job site shows the hourly for a comparable job at an hour for someone with a minimum of six months recent experience.
And if you don’t have time or patience for returns, you wind up with stuff in your closet that eventually goes to a charity.