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There are three reasons that I can think of why we import foreign labor to do unskilled work while maintaining large numbers of unemployed people.
India's National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme entitles each rural Indian household by law to one hundred days of unskilled work per year on public works programmes.
Automating manual processes and transitioning the labor force from unskilled work toward becoming skilled technicians helps eliminate highly repetitive manual tasks with high injury rates and addresses the challenges associated with a growing shortage of unskilled labor.
Some are rejecting the low-wage unskilled work being offered, because the alternative--unemployment checks and federal and state welfare--is not all that torturous.
Butchers are unable to fill apprenticeships and positions because young people want to work in "more glamorous" areas or are looking for easier, unskilled work instead, according to the report.
A social and economic policy of inclusive development cannot ignore the fact that a significant proportion of India's citizens are forced to take up unskilled work because they lack the education and skills required for taking up economically and professionally rewarding employment," he added.
They emerge from the school system without qualifications, ambition or confidence and embark on a life that alternates between the dole and casual unskilled work.
That trend is forcing educated youth to settle for unskilled work and will likely lead to a decline in the number of young people seeking higher education, signaling a decline in standards of living, the researchers said.
Hence, this is small-scale migration yet resembles global migration trends, involving new countries, feminization and the increased use of temporary contracts for unskilled work (Castles & Miller, 2003).
Indeed, the economy still relies somewhat on natural resources for rent, which is coupled with a partially unskilled work force, typical characteristics for factor-driven economies; while at the same time its production processes have become more efficient, as well as product quality and wages having increased, all of which are qualities present in efficiency-driven economies.
Are you happy taking unskilled work or are you prepared to refresh your skills and learn new ones?