iwolfe said:
You hit it on the head: The industrial revolution created jobs and opportunities for the unskilled, uneducated worker. The technological revolution of this century has taken those jobs away. The reason that unemployment remains high and so many people dropped out of the labor market is that we are experiencing structural unemployment thanks to a shift in how work gets done. The last period of time like this was in the mid to later 1800s during the Industrial Revolutions. You just can't compare the current gaps in employment with economic upticks and downturns over the past several decades. Whether it's vocational training or post graduate degrees, the requirements for job success have changed because the definition of work has changed.