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In 2007, there were at least 48.5 million jobs that did not require more than a high school education.
In 2014, there are only about 43.5 million jobs that do not require more than a high school education.
So here is my rhetorical question for the optimists. Since overall employment levels have recovered, then where did these missing 5 million jobs go?
Don't you dare answer that the jobs are now being filled by recent college graduates. Trust me on this. I will start spouting student loan statistics and what it could mean to the future of housing in response. In fact, my spouting may never cease.
Don't you dare answer that the jobs have been automated. Once again, trust me on this. You don't want to go there. I'm likely to blow a fully automated spouting gasket.
Don't you dare mention leisure and hospitality employment as a fraction of all employment. That would definitely not be a good debate tactic.
Got gopher moat?
I learned that a one inch deep gopher moat won't contain a bear. Oh, I'm sorry. I already knew that. That's your lesson! You could have used your powers to turn into a dinosaur or another bear to fight him off, or you, an ice cage, but instead you did a gopher moat and now my son is dead.
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