MAGAnomics – BEA: Upward Revisions – Blue Collar Wage Growth 5.5% in June, Inflation Remains 1.4%

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released significant wage and salary data yesterday which held stunning upward revisions for 2018 and 2019.   Wage growth of 5.5% combined with low inflation remaining at 1.4 percent; the disposable income of U.S. workers jumped to a stunning 4.1%.  [Data Tables]

Within the revised BEA data, we find employee compensation rose 4.5% in 2017 and 5% in 2018.  Importantly the growth trend continued into 2019, with compensation increasing 3.4 percent in the first six months alone.  Year-over-year wages and salaries were revised upward to 5.3% for May, and 5.5% in June.  These are stunning increases in worker pay.

There are various economic indicators we have shared through the years, but wage growth is one of the more critical.  First, wage growth lags behind business activity – workers don’t get pay raises until after business volume demands/provides it.  Second, wage growth is generally uni-directional – once businesses hike pay, the increases cement.

As the Wall Street Journal put it:

(Table 6 – BEA Data Release)

(VIA WSJ) […] Recall how liberals blamed “secular stagnation” as the reason worker incomes weren’t growing faster during the latter years of Barack Obama’s Presidency. Yet employee compensation has increased by $150 billion more in the first six months of 2019 than all of 2016.

Compensation increased 42% more during the first two years of the Trump Presidency than in 2015 and 2016. This refutes the claim by liberals that the economy has merely continued on the same trajectory since 2017 as it was before.

The economy barely skirted recession in the final Obama years, and economic policy changed in 2017. Deregulation has unleashed repressed animal spirits, especially in energy. Tax reform has also spurred business investment in new facilities and equipment, which over time should translate into higher worker productivity and wages.

Those reforms are continuing to pay economic dividends despite the damage from Mr. Trump’s trade policies. While Democrats and even some conservatives complain that workers haven’t benefited from tax reform, the evidence suggests otherwise. (read more)

SUMMARY: The U.S. consumer is driving the economy.  The jobs and labor market remains strong.  Wage growth is rising in proportion to the diminished availability of the labor pool. Price inflation is low because manufacturing economies (EU and China) are devaluing their currency, and subsidizing their industries (China), in an effort to avoid Trump’s trade policies (tariffs).  Their efforts increase the value of the dollar and we are importing deflation.

Simultaneously, global manufacturers -multinationals- need access to the U.S. consumer market.   As President Trump applies a series of strategic global trade moves, intended to draw manufacturing back to the U.S., those multinationals are in somewhat of a holding pattern for further investment.  Simply, the multinationals are trying to figure out where to put their investment capital for the highest return.

Example: The U.S. economy is strong, unemployment is low and wage rates up; so if China is a non-option, the profit determination shifts.  Where to manufacture? It might be more profitable for a multinational in either Southeast Asia or North America. The key is which country has a long-term agreement with the U.S.  That’s why the USMCA is critical.

CTH still predicts POTUS Trump will eliminate the uncertainty as soon as the USMCA is ratified.  I suspect President Trump will drop massive tariffs on all Chinese goods.

Think of China like a big lake filled with U.S. economic value. Through his Asian discussions with Vietnam, S Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Japan, et al, President Trump has stealthily built a thin levy, an ASEAN dam of sorts, that will direct the China lake of economic value into Southeast Asia.

Once the USMCA is signed, Trump will blow the dam by triggering the tariffs.  This will move all of the multinationals who are in a ‘holding pattern’, and capital investment will flow fast.   The China exodus will benefit North America (USMCA) and those ASEAN nations who have partnered with Trump and made proactive trade agreements.

 

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74 Responses to MAGAnomics – BEA: Upward Revisions – Blue Collar Wage Growth 5.5% in June, Inflation Remains 1.4%

  1. Tiffthis says:

    I saw on insta that the fed just cut the rate .25! Is it true?!! I will wait for a report from SD 🤞🏼

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      Yes.25,than why is the market off.The games they play?

      “The Fed’s rate cut and plans to end quantitative tightening follows months of pressure from President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly rebuked his pick to lead the central bank for not doing enough to boost the US economy. On Monday, Trump criticized the Fed in a series of tweets for making “all the wrong moves,” adding “a small rate cut is not enough.”

      Policy makers in their statement said they would “continue to monitor” incoming data and would act as needed to support the economy. Investors interpreted that as a signal that the central bank may be prepared to cut further, if needed, should uncertainties persist. Stocks were little changed immediately following the Fed’s announcement, because the market had already priced in a quarter-point rate cut.”

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    • The Boss says:

      They did. Then Fed Chair Powell made some dumb remark which drove the DJIA down almost 500 points. Powell is a prissy little geek who needs to find another line of work. I hope President Trump fires him today.

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  2. bertdilbert says:

    Let’s remember to thank the democrats for all those forced minimum wage hikes that helped Donald J. Trump look good today!

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  3. Lily Layzell says:

    I just heard Powell say it.

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  4. FL_GUY says:

    The economy is booming while the media-rats, pundits and D-Rats tell us how awful things are in the USA. They continue to pee down our backs and tell us it’s raining. I think most people are now recognizing the stench of LIES about everything. The media-rats power has been chipped away slowly and FAKE news is failing to convince anyone except for those tiny audiences that still view CNN and MSNBC. JMHO

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    • Perot Conservative says:

      OK. Then stop handing them the Race Card to play. Cummings is big in DC, but a non ayer nationally … same for low-ratings Lemon.

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      • GB Bari says:

        They will play the race card regardless of what PDJT does or says.
        Any disagreement with any DemoncRAT person of color or with a policy that includes or affects people of color is immediately equated to RACISM.

        In other words, the epithet is now meaningless. So PDJT should continue to call them like he sees them.

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      • butch cassidy says:

        perot conservative, a saying comes to mind whenever I read your posts, it goes a little something like this “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak (post) and remove all doubt.

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      • Footballfan33 says:

        We are taking back the power of that word “racist” from our oppressors. Much as the blacks did from theirs with the N word.
        They will no longer be able to chase us from good jobs and leadership positions with lies and innuendo.

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    • Ospreyzone says:

      One of the few persons I still care to watch on Fox Business is Charles Payne. Today however, he had Neil Cavuto on arguing with Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo about the state of our economy and the feeble Fed rate cut. Cavuto’s hatred for all thing Trump is quite palpable. He cannot even force himself to give our president credit for a single thing. What a lummox.

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      • The Boss says:

        I saw that. Cavuto sucks.

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      • 1stgoblyn says:

        And on his own show today Cavuto had former Governor Mike Dukakis on all he could do was bad-mouth everything VSPGPDJT has done/is doing. While I watched (and was reminded why I no longer watch Cavuto’s show) I could only think, ‘And this is why you lost your run for president, you idiot.’

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  5. Perot Conservative says:

    FANTASTIC!!! Now …

    1. Broadcast these impressive results!

    2. Ink USMCA.

    3. Ink UK / Japan?

    4. Then tariff Vietnam, India, and the EU?

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  6. Dutchman says:

    And, assuming Brexit occurs, PDJT can ‘share the wealth’ with GB, with a nice trade deal, while initiating tariffs on the EU.
    Effect is,,the EU is broken up, as countries staying in the EU see their economies collapse.
    Bye bye CCP control over China, bye bye EU (CONmunism lite) control of Europe.
    Nationalsm is the default state for Europe, has been throughout their history.

    EU is a false construct, forced on a population inherently hostile to it. Like attempting to impose democracy on the middle east, attempting to impose abandonment of Nat’l soveriegnity, and national identity, in favor of collectivism was a rediculous notion to begin with, and has experiened push back from the population all along.
    Thats why it HAD,to be imposed, and misrepresented with lies, in order to establish.
    Its Conmunism, just with a boil the frog slowly roll out.

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  7. Dee Paul Deje says:

    But but but tariffs, inflation. But but Trump taking credit for 0bama’s work. But but Putin’s puppet.

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  8. Ray says:

    Yes unfortunately there are huge economic interests that do not want POTUS to succeed with unlimited lobbying power.

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  9. mikgen says:

    @Dutchman,

    I so do agree with you regarding the EU. Have you read the book “The Great Deception: The Secret History of the European Union” by Christopher Booker and Richard North? It is a must read for anyone interested in present day history. Here is a short review from Amazon:

    This book tells for the first time the inside story of the most audacious political project of modern times: the plan to unite Europe under a single ‘supranational’ government. From the 1920s, when the blueprint for the European Union was first conceived by a British civil servant, this meticulously documented account takes the story right up to current moves to give Europe a political constitution, already planned 60 years ago to be the ‘crowning dream’ of the whole project. The book shows how the gradual assembling of a European government has amounted to a ‘slow motion coup d’etat’, based on a strategy of deliberate deception, into which Britain’s leaders, Macmillan and Heath, were consciously drawn. Drawing on a wealth of new evidence, scarcely an episode of the story does not emerge in startling new light, from the real reasons why de Gaulle kept Britain out in the 1960s to the fall of Mrs Thatcher. The book chillingly shows how Britain’s politicians, not least Tony Blair, have consistently been outplayed in a game the rules of which they never understood. But it ends by asking whether, from the euro to enlargement, the ‘project’ has now overreached itself, as a gamble doomed to fail. Since their collaboration began in 1992, Christopher Booker, a Sunday Telegraph columnist, and Richard North, who worked for four years in Brussels and Strasbourg as a senior researcher, have won a unique reputation for their expertise on Britain’s relationship to the European Union. Their previous publications included The Mad Officials (1994), The Castle of Lies (1996) and a best-selling report on Britain’s 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic. But they regard The Great Deception as the book they have been waiting to write for ten years. Published to coincide with the launch of Giscard D’Estaing’s new European Constitution in November, this work suggests that the United States of Europe has been based on a colossal confidence trick.

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      “…. the ‘project’ has now overreached itself, as a gamble doomed to fail…”

      So right. Any org that would allow a full on West Hating Dictatorship Turkey to be a full member is full-on Devil Worshiping.

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      • Wasn’t Turkey a far more western-friendly country when the EU started? At least that was my impression… I mean we have had a military base there for decades.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Yes, it was. We had nukes in Turkey. We traded them away in Cuban missile crises, but point is, Turkey was quite western oriented, till erdogan.

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        • PBR says:

          The Germans invited the Turks to their country in modern times to provide a labor base. Turks, though German citizens, never leave their nationality behind, are still allied to Turkey, and vote in all their elections, WHILE STILL voting in German elections! They have taken over a portion of Berlin and the govt allows them to control this. They take their direction from the Turkish Govt.
          How do I know this? My very good (exceedingly liberal) friend of 30 years is a German citizen and resident of Berlin and told me this story when I was in Berlin last year.
          I would not say they have ever been our friends.

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    • Dutchman says:

      No, but I watched it form, in real time. You know the line ;
      “Don’t bullshirt a bullshirter”?
      Well, you do enough Cons, as in “confidence games or scams”, and you learn to spot one, even from 1/2 a world away.

      Read about it, as it was being formed.
      Have studied the history of europe, SOMEWHAT. There is a reason we had,2 World Wars there, 20 years apart.

      Nationalism is the default state of being, for over 1000 years, easily.
      Only united in the past, over common enemy (muslims).

      Tried to resolve by intermarrying royal families,….didn’t work.

      Tried to resolve by interlocking treaties, backfired and actually caused WW1.

      And of coarse followed by WW2, 20 years later. Like constantly squabbling kids, or a married couple that gets in a fight every friday nite.

      And all that national independance, multigenerational, is going to be subsumed by eliminating passport controls, and having single currency?

      Yeah, cause it worked so good for Soviet Union.

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      • PBR says:

        It’s a chilling story. Having grown up in Germany and seeing the EU unfold years later, I find it not just imperfect but dangerous. And now Germany and France are talking about forming an army? Since the end of WWII, Germany has only a modest Army and efforts to increase it have met with distaste from the German public.

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        • Dutchman says:

          I was cheering the collapse of the EU in 2009, when greece and other countries were ‘in danger’of defaulting, Iceland, I believe it was simply repudiated their debts and walked away, I thought “THIS is IT!”, and was dissappointed when they managed to keep it together.

          Another structural issue with EU, is ‘richer’ more productive countries vs lesser,
          And then layer on that the forced migration and assimilation of refugees who refuse to assimilate, …its a disaster waiting to happen.

          If the US refuses to finance it, through trade deficit and carrying NATO, I don’t see how it can possibly hold together.

          Thats why they fought BREXIT so hard. I believe Brexit, and a generous trade deal with GB and US and its Katie bar the door!
          In theory, GB has a DIFFERENT arrangement with EU than the other countries, including an exit clause.

          However, that has been exposed as a lie told in order to get them in. Counter productive, as it actually means other countries will see “Just leave” is the answer. Like an abusive spouse, you don’t negotiate your departure.
          Poland, Hungary maybe Baltics first, but Italy also showing strong Nationalist governments. Almost all members have nationalist parties, getting stronger each election.

          As I posted earlier, its in europes DNA, so I am hopeful,..

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  10. James P. Cadieux says:

    MAGA energy policy/strategy is rarely mentioned…. much less explained. It underpins the entire plan.

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  11. Ospreyzone says:

    Jerome Powell tried more than once today to infer that Fed policies were responsible for our hot economy. I watched this idiot spew absolute pabulum today. I’m convinced today’s market tumble was not based on the half-assed cut the fed made, but on this man’s stumbling, bumbling narrative that convinced everyone that he and his Fed board have no clue.

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  12. Schmitty says:

    I love Trump but I still see a decline in markets into 2021. Sold my house & closed June 20th, renting a condo and plan on buying in mid 2021. This looks like the end of decade run-up, surprisingly the Dow Jones looked very similar in 1919 and then sank to bottom in late 1921. I think we see a very similar pattern in markets.

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    • Eric says:

      OK Nostradamus.

      So in other words, you’re simply betting on a market downturn because of a gut feeling.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      There is a big difference from 1919,as they were all buying on margin,and when the markers were called in,they did not have it.

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    • Comrade Terry says:

      I wish I had one of them there crystal balls. You should use your crystal ball to play the options market. I’ll bet you’d have fun!

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      The Globalists have been using illegal aliens to boost up rents and housing prices.

      So the end of massive illegal aliens should flatten the price spikes in rents and housing if not deflate them a lot……

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    • dallavise says:

      I’m not against trying to predict the market, but once in a generation (or two or three) trade deals could make a HUGE difference. USMCA, and pro US trade deals with China/EU would cement a positive GDP for a while, especially considering it would happen in the 2020/2021 timeframe. Way too much out there to be able to predict an outcome. I’m betting on PDJT, and we see a good economy until the end of the next decade.

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    • Greg says:

      Good luck, the stock market may take a tumble but with wages rising this fast for Americans who would like to own a home may leave your short position really really short.
      Thanks to Trump the stock market no longer drives our economy, main streets new found wealth drives it. There are many things Trump has done that has yet to affect the US economy with more coming so it’s only going to get better from here the way I see it.
      The Fed has never dealt with a Trump economy, they are clueless, can you hear them? Wages rising at 5% but inflation at 1.4%, WTH is going on??
      Wages rising at 5% signals somebody has extra cash to spend, that I know for sure, and they are going to buy homes.
      If Bush or Obama were running the Country I’d say you were right but Trump is running the Country.

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    • Dutchman says:

      IMHO, PDJT’s Maganomic global reset makes it highly suspect to use previous history as any indication of future results.

      We have never had the,situation of thecrapid advance of globalism, over 30 years, that,we,had in the,run-up to PDJT getting involved.

      And THEN you factor on top of what was already there, that,was unprecedented, his never before seen Global RESET, and any comparison to the past can only be relevant in the most basic of terms. Seems to me,…

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  13. Toby Flenderson says:

    Sundance –

    You say, “I suspect President Trump will drop massive tariffs on all Chinese goods.”

    Your meaning is unclear. Drop as in piling on as in, “I’m going to drop sanctions like a ton of bricks.” or drop as in, “to eliminate. As in drop a bad habit.

    Love you as always.

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  14. Ausonius says:

    From the Wall Street Journal article cited above:

    “Recall how liberals blamed “secular stagnation” as the reason worker incomes weren’t growing faster during the latter years of Barack Obama’s Presidency. Yet employee compensation has increased by $150 billion more in the first six months of 2019 than all of 2016. Compensation increased 42% more during the first two years of the Trump Presidency than in 2015 and 2016. This refutes the claim by liberals that the economy has merely continued on the same trajectory since 2017 as it was before.

    The economy barely skirted recession in the final Obama years, and economic policy changed in 2017. Deregulation has unleashed repressed animal spirits, especially in energy. Tax reform has also spurred business investment in new facilities and equipment, which over time should translate into higher worker productivity and wages.

    Those reforms are continuing to pay economic dividends despite the damage from Mr. Trump’s trade policies. While Democrats and even some conservatives complain that workers haven’t benefited from tax reform, the evidence suggests otherwise.

    My emphasis above.

    “The evidence suggest otherwise” should be changed the the evidence PROVES otherwise!

    And allow me to “suggest” an all-out embargo on Chinese goods as a possibility in the near future, with the goal of completely reviving the nearly 50,000 factories closed down here in America since Clinton went whole hog on Globalism, and the other goal of forcing the Communists to resign from power and grant all basic freedoms to the people they now subjugate and terrorize. I am thinking of Hong Kong in particular: the freedoms which were and – so far – remain successfully moribund after Tienanmen Square are still operating with ever more difficulty in Hong Kong, but the clock is ticking.

    And then we have in particular the threats against Taiwan, the enslavement of Tibet, the oppression of Turkish minorities, the expansion of the Chinese military into international waters, etc.

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    • “An all-out embargo on Chinese goods …”

      Consider how quickly this could put BOTH Americans and Chinese in the same pot of boiling water … with inevitable and incredibly damaging responses.

      President Trump has America’s Construction, Defense, Manufacturing and Materials capabilities and resources pretty fully engaged in rebuilding our Industrial Infrastructure.

      • Bear in mind it still takes a minimum of 12-24 months for a factory start-up or expansion to go through the cycle of planning, commitment, regulatory approval, land acquisition, construction, infrastructure development, supply-chain development, recruiting, training, start-up, certification and scale-up … even with President Trump’s progress in reducing regulatory red tape.

      • An embargo would instantly blow up multi-industry supply chains, trigger massive price hikes and immediately jeopardize Trump’s Reelection, Republican control of either house of Congress, and our ability to avoid a CIVIL WAR.

      Communist China is scrambling to cope with Tariffs, Industrial & Wealth Exfiltration and Job Losses about as fast as it financially, economically, culturally and politically can handle.

      • An embargo would immediately put the Red Dragon in SELF-PRESERVATION MODE that would lead them to WAR-MONGERING as the tried-and-true tactic of dictatorships that need to create a BIGGER EXISTENTIAL THREAT than the one that threatens their sustainability.

      Let’s go with President Trump’s genius in PACING the PRESSURE on OPPONENTS until they learn to play ball RECIPROCALLY.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Aisonious;
      “How do you eat an ELEPHANT?”

      “ONE bite at a time!”

      Takes time to move 50,000 manufacturing plants, no hurry cause we just keep collecting tariffs.

      Yum, yum LOVE me some tariffs!

      Executing a checkmate takes time, even when you reach the point where the outcome is certain, you have to go through the moves.

      I believe you have it all layed out, just the time frame I question. Oh, and don’t forget, EU is next in line for the,chopping block.

      “SEE the WHOLE board. Take your time.”

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  16. TreeClimber says:

    Wish my husband’s company would get the memo. :/ They’re hemorrhaging people, under audit, probably about to go under and they still treat their employees like crap. It’s like they’re trying to fail.

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    • It sounds like they’ve been running it into the ground. Depending on their business, it seems virtually impossible for that to happen… unless they are importing.

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      • TreeClimber says:

        They’re basically a janitorial service for manufacturers. They’re contracted to Boeing and I don’t know who else.

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    • Dutchman says:

      With the worker shortage, maybe consider making a change of employers?

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      • TreeClimber says:

        Trust me, we’ve been trying. Hard. Just a few problems… we’re in Democrat/wildly corruptly-run areas, so we’re not getting full MAGAnomic benefits. We’re still very much under Affirmative Action laws here, and BLM is more or less active, and my husband being a white thirty-something male is the least hireable demographic. He doesn’t have a CDL and isn’t a healthcare worker, which are the two most in-demand jobs in our area (he’s IT, which just… isn’t.) He doesn’t have a degree, just “some education.” He’s worked contract his whole life so his resumé looks terrible. And possibly worst of all, our one-year-old has better people/negotiating/self-selling skills.

        He’s wildly intelligent, incredibly competent, can do anything he wants to do. (He’s not articulate, though.) The people at his work ask him what he’s doing there. I’m really not sure if it’s incredibly bad luck or what – but even when he gets offered jobs, they end up giving them to other – usually less qualified – people instead.The only thing I can think (and I’ve heard of it happening) is that when they do a background check, they accidentally generate the one for his PoS father and then decide they don’t want him.

        Usually he gets dropped somewhere between the offer and the interview, or the interview and the background check. They say they want him, make the offer, say they’ll run everything they need – background check, drug test report, etc – and then we never hear from them again. It’s really frustrating and the sad part is, he’s so used to it – he’s had it dozens… hundreds… of times per year for longer than I’ve known him – that he just doesn’t take it seriously anymore or try to follow up because he just doesn’t see the point.

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        • Dutchman says:

          How locked in are you, to your location? As in move? Consider having a background check run, to find out what it is they are seeing?

          Sure he’s not flunking the drug test, right? I always missed the question on difference between a hallucinagenic and a psychodelic, LOL.
          He sounds like he could use a job coach. There are a lot if tricks they can teach ya, or him.

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          • TreeClimber says:

            Broke. Dead dead broke. No ability to start over somewhere else, and at least here cost of living isn’t through the roof. We were discussing the possibility last night of getting someone in HR to see if someone else is getting confused with him – his record is completely clean so it’s definitely not him. And yes, we’re sure he’s not flunking the drug test. xD His worst addiction is caffeine, he doesn’t touch drugs or tobacco, and only has a shot or two every couple of years.

            There’s no discernible good reason for it. It seems almost supernatural, like he’s in some kind of cosmic holding pattern waiting on… something.

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            • Dutchman says:

              How was his relationship with his last employer, supervisor or whoever it is at his last company that would respond to a query, from a company he has applied at?
              We all know they are only supposed to tell starting wage, ending wage, job title, etc.
              NOT saying this is it, but there HAVE,been cases of a rouge employee with a grudge, telling all inquiries,”well, I really shouldn’t be telling you this,…but”
              I wouldn’t suggest this, except for your description. Good news is, its easy to find out.
              Look up a company he COULD apply at, but hasn’t. Easy, as all companies have I.T. So you have a NAME thats legitimate.

              Then, YOU call up his former employer; Hello, this is Nancy, from the HR dept. of X,Y,Z, company. Calling to check the references for,…(shuffle papers),,husbands name.
              Sound bored, just doing your job. Verify pay, how long worked, standard questions. Then ask,..is there,anything ELSE you can tell me?
              Do NOT blow it! STAY in character, you don’t want to tip them off by getting upset.
              It would be best to record the phone call.
              If the person DOES say something derogatory, you can sue, as the employer is,responsible for employees actions, even if they didn’t know.
              Unless you or the person you are talking to are in NY State, or California, I BELIEVE every other state is a ‘single party’ state; as long as ONE of the parties to a conversation knows it is being recorded, its both legal and admissable in court. But, might research that.

              I know your dead broke, but phone recorders are cheap.
              Could also have a witness, listening.
              Oh, and I am NOT a lawyer, just a ‘jailhouse’ lawyer. Couldn’t afford one, so represented myself.
              Anyway, don’t ASSUME, but this COULD explain why he’s in a cosmic holding pattern.
              Good luck,..

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              • TreeClimber says:

                It’s a really great idea. The problem is, he works contract, so he never gets the number for the company’s HR – only the previous staffing company. Sure they could be calling the former employer, but I don’t actually have access to the number. :/ And I’m not sure there’s a single IT company he hasn’t applied for, at this point. xP If I ever get a chance, I’ll definitely do it – but I don’t have access to all the “insider” numbers. Contract workers don’t get that.

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                • Dutchman says:

                  There IS a way to get the #’s; the companies that he applies to, have SOME #, and SOME person, that THEY are talking to, when they “check his references”, and you need to figure out a way to get THAT #, and that NAME.
                  Have to think sneaky, not easy for those who are basically honest people.
                  Perhaps call, and ‘confess’ its your first day, predesessor left the job a mess. Your boss has told you to check this applicants references, and you don’t have the #.
                  Something like that. If you play on sympathy, you can get people to help you.
                  Who hasn’t been first day on the job, where everythings all messed up, cause previos person was a screwup.(thats why they were fired).
                  The only thing that makes sense is he is being blackballed.
                  Need to find out who, and get PROOF, without alerting them that you know.
                  Then you can go to the EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
                  With proof, including tape recorded phone calls, and as thorough a list of all the companies he has applied at, plus contact info, they can confirm by doing just what I suggested you do; call the #, pretending to ask for reference, get derogatory responce on tape.
                  Then, they go to former employer, play tape, advise that employer is legally liable for actions of rogue employee, so A) fire employee, a ‘given’.
                  B) pay your hubby 1 years pay, plus (I think) “treble damages”, and C) write him a glowing letter of reccomendation, to try to undo the damage done.
                  I THINK even tho he was “contract” EEOC will still get involved.
                  Point is, it could be worth your while to trace this down and find out WHO is blackballing him, and if possible get evidence, WITHOUT alerting them.
                  If you try, and hit a roadblock, COULD go to EEOC without evidence.
                  The fact he has been unemployed for a year, while actively seeking, pretty muvh SCREAMS something rotten in denmark, and most rational explanation is blackball.
                  Based on what you have posted.
                  So, free advice, worth about what you pay for it. What that means is, I am saying I THINK, that IF I was you, and IF I was in your situation, THIS is what I would do.
                  BUT, I’m NOT you, NOT in your situation. In other words advice is JUST an opinion. Take it or not, its on YOU, not me.
                  Good luck and hope this helps!

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    • If your husband ever changes jobs, he might snag some sweet finders’ fees with employers/recruiters looking for quality employees who haven’t yet flown the coop … or a signing bonus for any recruiter fees he saves his next employer.

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  17. PBR says:

    There is no better time than now to change jobs. You have to be brave to make that move, but your husband is still young. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Mental health requires that you are in a job where you feel appreciated and are appropriately compensated.

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  18. Jerry Joe says:

    Interesting litmus test for the power of capitalism versus political correctness taken from the article linked below. The advertising campaign put forth by Gillette was not only ineffective, but also caused considerable damage to its bottom line. Though some Board Members may find satisfactory a termination all those approving this campaign along with a discreetly related press release, an error of this magnitude in customer assessment, combined with obligations due shareholders, may require a 2nd similarly sized ad campaign expenditure displaying its sincere apology by announcing those same dismissals in an effort to immediately recapture that lost market. Appears to be a good example of both Advertising and Competition showing their effects.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/07/get-woke-go-broke-gillette-loses-billions-after-sexist-and-lecturing-metoo-razor-ads/

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