The Perfect Labor Storm is real: A 2020 Meltdown

In the view of Ed Gordon, author of The 2020 Meltdown: Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis, the forthcoming IT workforce shortage is a legitimate worry. Millions of Americans who are unemployed do not have the right talent for the jobs that need to be filled, with many people earning college degrees that are not translating into decent employment.

There now are four million jobs empty, Gordon said, and half of them are highly skilled positions that require specialized technology training and education.

“The issue is that the labor market is out of sync with the realities of the global marketplace with the jobs we are creating and the jobs that are disappearing,” Gordon said. “This is a problem all over the U.S. and most of the developed world.”


Ira S Wolfe


  1. jonathan September 25, 2008 at 5:29 am -

    That sounds like a very interesting book. The “skills shortage” had been around for a while and people have dismissed it as “boring” but as my old boss used to say (when talking about outsourcing)
    “if you don’t do your job properly, somebody in India or Bangladesh certainly would like to”