My ass, it is.
The slave economy is at full employment. Everyone who has to take a sh!t job has one. In fact they've usually got about three.
The employers won't raise the conditions/wages above slave level, the workers who can afford to wait are doing so.
Every indicator says that if people can be bothered to open their eyes.
Most applicants failing drugs tests? There isn't a drug problem, it's just that only druggies are desperate enough to apply.
Can't find any applicants? Try raising wages. No, really raising wages. And give people a 40 hour week, not 30 hours spread across 10 3-hour shifts at whatever time your moronic nazi of a supervisor needs to fill his worksheet. And the big one, of course, is being prepared to hire amazing people...but then the supervisor's job might be at risk. And HR's. They’ll hire average people, maybe slightly above average if they have no self-esteem, but the really talented can forget it. They will be…trouble.
Look, the Government is using ridiculous definitions in order to pretend there isn’t a problem when there is a huge one.
It defines employment as a 30 hour week. It knows full well that employees don’t get full-time benefits until at least 35 hours, usually 38. In fact, this definition is quite deliberately fraudulent, because it knows large employers deliberately advertise jobs for the minimum of what the Government defines, 30 hours, precisely so the Government can lie about employment and the employers don’t have to pay benefits. Furthermore, the Government deliberately doesn’t define any kind of stability, such as at least 7 hour shifts, so companies can treat their so-called employees like slaves, at the whim of their supervisor’s ever-more incompetent scheduling.
It defines unemployment as actively looking for work in the last 4 weeks, and unemployed for less than a year. How do they know that? Well, you have to have been actively looking for work thru a Government agency for them to know, don’t you? Otherwise, you don’t count.
There’s an excellent summary here, courtesy of Shadowstats
In short, the real unemployment rate is at least 24%. If you count people who are in a full time job they are happy with, versus people looking for that, then the unemployment-and-underemployment rate is about 50%. And that’s a spectacular waste of US talent, being denied by a deeply dishonest Government, who are pretending it’s 4%.
And as for the abuse of labor regulations by employers…don’t get me started.