Debunking the Overpopulation Rhetoric

Saw this article on the web today.  More evidence that refutes the theory that humans are overpopulating the earth:

Why We Will Soon Have More Jobs Than People

By Professor John A. Tures, LaGrange College

By all accounts, Nashville, Tenn., is a great place to live. In fact, jobs are flocking to the state in general, and the Middle Tennessee region in particular. Yet a recent study for theNashville Chamber of Commerce showed there will be 58,000 more jobs created than workforce growth can fill, most of them highly skilled positions, by 2019.

The story “Jobs may outstrip people” by Duane Marsteller of The Tennesseean illustrates a surprising dilemma the region faces. It is the same story in Detroit. That doesn’t even include the promise of “Cloud Computing.” Northeastern University Economist Barry Bluestone finds the same thing happening all over the place.

That’s because each generation’s size is shrinking. People are having fewer kids, a combination of more workplace opportunities for women and the high cost of having and raising children. And far from the image of the permanently sputtering economy, businesses are attracted to America for its skilled labor, dynamic infrastructure and purchasing power.

Short of a baby boom that would probably create more problems than solve for future generations, the best solution is to work hard to create more skilled labor. Yet a number of political solutions seem designed to slash aid to college students, increasing the chances of experiencing this economic nightmare.

Also, a series of misleading recent headlines gives the impression a college degree isn’t worth it. A more thorough examination of unemployment rates held by college degree holders is half of that held by those with some college, and nearly a third as much as those with no college experience.

If American students are foolishly discouraged from attending college by politically driven spending cuts or given a cut-rate higher education, those companies that need to expand will look elsewhere for employees. And that will include a choice between hiring highly skilled immigrants or moving abroad where such labor is available.

Such problems will be exacerbated by another demographic factor responsible for the labor shortage: retiring baby boomers. That older generation that lives longer and has more needs must be supported somehow. If those high-skilled jobs that companies need in America flee, then you can truly write off the U.S. economy.

original site here.

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