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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2001
Even as unemployment rises, Frank del Olmo presses for a guest-worker program ("Quick Fix Isn't Enough to Cure the INS," Commentary, Nov. 18). "Who," he asks, "could have foreseen the demand for foreign computer specialists by companies such as Microsoft?" Well, Congress thought it foresaw the demand. It let in a flood of computer programmers just in time for the high-tech crash. In truth, unending immigration can't end labor shortages, it only guarantees overpopulation. We can't predict labor demand in a free-market economy any more than we can predict unemployment or stock prices.
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BUSINESS
June 24, 1991 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with severe labor shortages, industries in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong--three of Asia's economic tigers--are relying increasingly on foreign workers from less-developed countries such as the Philippines and Indonesia. As a result, Asian labor is becoming a more mobile, transnational human resource--making the labor-poor and labor-rich nations of the Pacific increasingly interdependent and creating new opportunities for firms engaged in engineering, construction and labor contracting.
NEWS
June 24, 1987 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
Amid complaints of serious farm worker shortages in the West, the Reagan Administration Tuesday revised its rules on granting legal resident status to hundreds of thousands of illegal workers and expanded the legalization program.
NEWS
March 14, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Census Bureau officials in California expressed concern Tuesday that the agency has failed so far to attract a large-enough pool of applicants to tap for the temporary work force needed to count heads in the state starting in April. Census offices up and down the state have experienced problems finding workers to fill posts, with the problem particularly acute in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, as well as urban sections of Northern California, federal authorities said.
BUSINESS
November 28, 1990 | TIMOTHY H. WILLARD, TIMOTHY H. WILLARD is managing editor of the Futurist, a publication of the World Future Society in Bethesda, Md
A healthy infrastructure--city streets, interstate highways, bridges, waterworks and sewer systems--is vital to business. But the United States is facing major infrastructure problems in the next decade and beyond that will make "business as usual" increasingly difficult. Many of the problems will be aggravated by demographic trends that also will affect business.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1996 | From Bloomberg News Service
It seems you just can't find good help these days if you're a small-business owner. Take the new employee Ken Heller asked to arrange a batch of files in chronological order. She couldn't. "She didn't know what 'chronological' meant," said Heller, the owner of a Denver environmental services firm.
NEWS
July 21, 1991 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"They steal the children's bicycles and hang around the telephone boxes," says Hachiro Nakano while slurping down a lunch of cold noodles. "They have dark skin," she adds sliding four fingers down her cheeks. "It gives me the creeps." Says a salesclerk at a 7-Eleven convenience store, "They are always in the park on weekends, so I walk around the side to avoid them."
BUSINESS
September 4, 2000 | LISA GIRION, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marthe Seegar considers herself unemployed. But because she works when she can, including a three-day clerical stint the week before last, she isn't collecting unemployment insurance and won't be found among the statistics in the state's jobless report.
BUSINESS
July 22, 1991 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, Japan doesn't look like a nation suffering from a scarcity of workers. Houses here are still custom-built in the most labor-intensive manner imaginable--using lumber from thousands of tiny, inefficient mills. Department stores station women with high-pitched voices to greet customers in elevators and in front of escalators.
NEWS
March 14, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Census officials in California expressed concern Tuesday that the agency has failed so far to attract a large-enough pool of applicants to tap for the temporary work force needed to count heads in the state starting in April. Census offices up and down the state have experienced problems finding workers to fill posts, with the situation particularly acute in urban sections of Northern California as well as Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, federal authorities said.
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