|Most welders don't look like this|
Then the Chinese bioweapon known as the coronavirus/Covid-19 got loose/was released and things changed almost overnight. Now we are supposed to pretend that 17 year old kids restocking the shelves at Wal-Mart are "heroes" for doing a job in the face of a virus that statistically presents no danger to them. Plus the government really opened the firehose of magical money, first with Trump Bux and now with Biden Bux, paying people whether they really needed it or not. Someone who lost their job or their business because of coronavirus got the same check as someone like me who did great during the worst of the pandemic. What anyone could have predicted happened: people paid to not work didn't really see any reason to get a job, especially a shitty job at Target. When the demand is high and the supply is low, prices go up and boy did they go up for the lowest skilled workers in America.
The wages for unskilled work are skyrocketing from just a couple of years ago. Hobby Lobby is starting full-time workers at $17/hour. Costco is offering starting wages of $16/hour. Our local Wal-Mart is paying $14/hour for part-time stockers.
At the same time, wages for skilled trades don't seem to be moving much as most of them kept working during the shut-downs. A lot of local welding jobs are starting from $14-$19 per hour, and that means that people who work a difficult, demanding job that requires skills and training are making about the same as someone who restocks ribbons and candles at Hobby Lobby.
It isn't just retail, basic low/no skill assembly work is also seeing significant wage inflation. A local plant near us has signs all over the place advertising starting wages of $17.44 for basic assembly work and they just can't find anyone.
The pay gap between skilled and unskilled workers is shrinking fast and in some cases has disappeared entirely. You can make a lot more in skilled trades if you pack up and move to a hot market like the oilfields but if you are in a mid-sized city, it seems a lot less attractive to invest a year or two learning a trade just so you can make as much as the guy who makes sure the toilet paper is stocked at Costco.
After I started this post I found out that Mike Rowe has been talking about this as well, see: ‘Dirty Jobs’ Star Mike Rowe Just Totally Debunked the Argument for a $15 Minimum Wage
Again ask yourself, what does the average skilled tradesman look like? Then ask if you think this is a coincidence. Also note that many skilled tradespeople are independent and own small businesses and those kind of people are also on the chopping block. Financially independent people are too difficult to control.
It is hard to critically examine the economic situation in America and not see looming catastrophe. We are on the verge of a de facto universal basic income (more in the next post) and the national debt is exploding (see from John Wilder: Welcome To The Exponential, Including One Bikini Graph ) although at this point it isn't really "debt" as no one thinks we will repay it.
All the more reason to get clear of the blast zones of civil unrest and decouple yourself from the globalist economic system.