JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

A few years ago, the motto of the Ford Motor Company was, "Quality is job one." Today, many readers of this magazine might revise that to say, "Jobs are job one." In its most recent twice-a-year survey, the Michigan State University Institute of Social Policy and Research found that 80 percent of respondents said job security was their first concern (Michigan Public Radio interview, 2/25/04).

Given the media coverage, no reasonably informed person on any continent can claim that people are unconcerned about employment. Among many workers, emotions are running high. Some are certain that recent trade treaties have moved their jobs out of their communities and countries. Others insist immigration has eroded job opportunities. Studies show that technology has increased productivity so much that additional workers in many cases are not needed.

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