Moving On, Today’s Mobile Work Force

Tough Economy Creates Mobile Work Force

agricultural work forceWhere have all the workers gone? The worst of the economic disaster was well underway in 2008 and the scope of it readily apparent a year later, but it wasn’t until almost 2010 before people began to abandon their hometowns in droves and move to where the jobs were being created. For a lot of Americans that meant moving to the heartland where the resurgence in agriculture was underway, or to Texas and the shale states to jobs that were being provided by the energy industry.

Further north, in Canada, the movement of jobs has been west, to Alberta, Saskatchewan and to a lesser extent BC and Manitoba. It’s the same story all over North America, as people come to the realization that as Bruce Springsteen sang “These jobs are going, boys, and they ain’t coming back.” In response, people are leaving enmass and joining the mobile work force where they have steady work and that average wage is much higher.


Who Is The Mobile Work Force?

Those aged 20-40 years of age are more than five times as likely to become part of the work force as those that are 40-55. This isn’t a surprise, as you would expect those that are more rooted in the community with other generational family members (grandparents and children, possibly with grandchildren).  It is difficult to predict what the long term results will be, but there will be a noticeable ‘brain drain’ and a ‘trade drain’ as the younger, more mobile work force leaves their hometowns to find economic opportunities elsewhere.

This exodus will likely have the same trends as the previous great migrations from Europe to North America, and from South and South-east Asia to North America. The overpowering majority of them did not move back home again. I think it is fair to say that this mobile work force will be the same way to some degree. Expect to see those centers of financial generation become centers of commerce as a result. There will continue to be an increase in all forms of business and supporting business that one would expect anytime there is excess disposable income available.

Mobile Work Force

Manufacturing businesses will want to move as close to point of sale as is practicable to better provide service and sales. Schools and health centers, government services and banking all will be required to support the growing populations of these economic epicenters. It really is just a case of history repeating itself. The people that make up the mobile work force are coming from towns and cities that grew from many of the same reasons that are attracting them elsewhere. Times and opportunities change, and if we are wise we change along with them. If we don’t, we are doomed to stagnation and eventually, decay and death.

It’s time to take a look at your own business and your own online presence. Has it become aged, sterile and no longer brimming with fresh content? It might be time to import some new material, to jazz up your theme or to do some things  to spike interest in your business. Don’t wait until people are leaving before you make your move.

Till Next Time….

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