Yo! The sixth borough is still #5 – the fifth largest city in the US! Now that we’ve actually gained (instead of lost) some new citizens for the first time in half a century, it’s time to find something for all those folks to do. The city is planning to create a jobs commission to study the issue and, hopefully, come up with ways to spur growth. According to The Metro, the 17 member commission will have half its members appointed by the president of city council. And who better to have their fingers on the pulse of 21st century employment, than those young whippersnappers on city council! They also have their work cut out for them since we are the least entrepreneurial large city in the country. Though I’m sure we gained more entrepreneurs than we lost over the last decade….
And here’s one GREAT IDEA if you’re looking for a better workforce. How about a personnel office that actually understands the jobs they are supposed to hire for, and doesn’t manipulate the civil service process for unqualified family and friends. There are “professionals” in the city who can’t even pronounce some of the words in the printed job descriptions, much less determine who’s qualified. A SMARTER city simply can’t have morons as gatekeepers for city jobs in the 21st century. Phunny Philly has plenty of examples of highly qualified candidates who were deemed unqualified – way to go HR!