Thursday, March 27, 2008
No news is bad news
Another Saipan garment factory is shutting down. (Marianas Variety), but that's not really news, is it? Let's see, 154 people will lose their jobs. And if 13 are residents, the percentage is...? 8.44%.
There are extenuating circumstances, maybe, but the low percentage isn't news either. My friends (mostly contract workers) in the Human Resources departments of various big companies* tell me they're having a hard time getting twenty percent, never mind thirty percent.
I played a friend in my pool league a couple of weeks ago. He was glad to see me, because he was hired by JAL on Guam and was leaving in a few days. That's not news, I've had the same conversation about once a week for more than two years.
I've talked to two local job-hunters this week. They sounded desperate. Nothing new there.
What's wrong with this picture?
What about the hundreds of high school kids who will be dumped on the street in a couple of months?
*No names, please; just say they have more than one vote in the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and leave it at that.
To be continued