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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thousands Seek Overseas Employment

Well, the amount of people that showed up at the Ministry of Labor to apply for hospitality jobs in the United States was overwhelming to say the least. There was just not enough personnel to handle the crowds. These jobs are indeed coveted positions in the United States.

Currently there are up to 2,000 positions available. Many of the applicants had training from the H.E.A.R.T. training program.

The Observer reported there was a 39-year-old woman from Fort George, St Ann who claimed she slept overnight with relatives in Kingston to be on time for yesterday's job fair. But she said that when she arrived at 5:00 am she was shocked to see the number of people already there. "The line was very long. People were pushing and jumping over the fence," she said.

Well, anyone who has had to deal with lines just to get a visa knows that some people stand outside these facilities from the day before. Labor Minister Pearnel Charles announced that today he would be going to the United States to seek more overseas jobs for Jamaicans.

Okay, this might be a silly question, but if you have so much talented people on the island in the hospitality field, would it not be better to invest in securing jobs on the island for these people?

Why not make the pay comparative to that of the United States so that people would not want to go and give their labor to another country. This applies for people in the health care profession as well. Sadly many of the people who do go to these overseas positions, do not come back. Many (jump ship) and become illegal immigrants in this country.

Jamaica has so much potential for growth. Once the crime level has been contained, the next step in empowerment should be to secure employment for people that qualify. That is my opinion though.

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