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Is this the Answer to the Rising Cost on Employers?

Daddio7 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 5:25 PM
At one time 50% of Americans worked on farms or farm related jobs. Mechanization took away those jobs so the people went into manufacturing. Automation took away those jobs. Cheap Chinese labor took away the assembly jobs that were left. Baxter will take away those jobs. 50% unemployment will become the norm. There will be enough production for everyone to have a good living. We will have to seal the southern boarder to keep out free loaders and restrict wealth sharing to those who are willing to show up to work at any job available.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 11:09 PM
O great economic ignoramus, at one time the percentage of jobs in agriculture was actually much higher, but the economy shifted to a greater manufacturing level creating massively mnore jobs and general prosperity. Over the last several decades another shift to services has taken place ... creating massively mnore jobs and general prosperity. None of this has ever increased unemployment; exactly the opposite.

Try a dose of actual reality at some point.

The federal Minimum wage in the US is $7.25 per hour. Ten states have higher minimum wages with Rhode Island clocking in 50 cents higher at $7.75.

Costs to the employer are higher of course, even if the employer ducks benefits by using part-time workers.

For starters, employer contributions to Social Security are 6.2% of hourly wages which adds another 45 cents to employer costs. That brings employer costs up to $7.95 per hour minimum, not counting training costs,...