Just Something To Think About ...
In 1982, the U.S. unemployment rate was 10.8 percent, the worse it had been in 40 years, and the worse in the 40 years since. Back then in towns across America, young people weren’t able to find work; fast food joints had dozens of applicants for any job that opened, and it was worse at the local mall or in small shops on Main Street USA.
Jump to today, and it’s the opposite scenario. The news has been filled with stories about the worker shortage, and one recent statistic points out just how bad it is:
A study released this month by the Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, the “Outdoor Industry Workforce Assessment,” showed that 66 percent of survey respondents report having difficulty finding qualified applicants.
Well Powersports businesses certainly are outdoorsy, and things are pretty bad for us, too.
“Everybody’s struggling to get good help,” said Jason Gearld from Motorcycle Industry Jobs, which many of you reading this use as an employment resource.
Gearld was a recent guest of Robin Hartfiel on the “Dealernews Live” program discussing “the elusive unicorn,” the A-level service technician, and the Powersports industry job front in general.
Hartfiel, of course, is an industry expert, and the NPDA is honored to have him on our Advisory Board.
“I wish I was 40 years younger and looking to get into the industry,” Hartfiel said during the program.
Well, 40 years ago was of course 1982, and if those of us back then looking for work had been presented with what young people have in front of them now, well, you can imagine we would have jumped at the chance to be part of this industry.
It’s worth the five minutes you’ll spend viewing the full interview HERE.