Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Perception V. Reality 

There are places in the US where unemployment seems embedded, but the reality is that the idle choose not to take available jobs  -- like lawn mowing.  That work is reserved for immigrants who don't mind doing it.  Where I live, nearly all landscapers are Italian but the workforce is Hispanic -- day laborers who congregate at prearranged spots and hook up with passing trucks.  A perception of unemployment is offset by the fact that jobs are there and workers are taking them -- just not Americans.  It is one more reminder that issues are rarely black and white, and one should do research to clarify what is happening before writing or speaking.  Sometimes it is a matter of observing the environment and asking questions.  It is easy as PR practitioners to get lost in a web of issues and to take pat answers for starting points.  It can be difficult to find reality in a circumstance.


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