Ask an expert: When will jobs be back?

MSN Money's Anthony Mirhaydari answers Facebook users' questions about the employment market.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 16, 2012 10:25AM
The job market is on everybody's mind. In this video, MSN Money columnist Anthony Mirhaydari explains why, despite recent figures pointing to an improvement, many Americans still don't think the labor market is recovering.


As he answers questions from MSN Money's Facebook community, Mirhaydari also explains how tax policy affects jobs.

Mar 16, 2012 12:39PM
When will Jobs come back???
 When there is a person with any moral fiber, comes to political office,
also when there is a CEO that realizes that in order for America to survive
there has to have a manufacturing base!!! Return jobs to America!!
 We need a global Economy, but I don't think that means send our good paying jobs oversea!!!
 So we need politicians that will come up with responsible trade policies!!!

Mar 16, 2012 2:05PM
        Our jobs will only come back when we are to broke to buy the cheap chinese throw away junk that i see lining the landfills ....then  we are back to trading service for service because the greenback is no longer a viable means to conduct trade because its only paper with so little value that most wont want to take them...when the ceo's and the bought and paid for politicians have lined  their pockets with the remaining usa wealth that our forefathers managed to build and have transferred it to offshore accounts is when  the ohhhh crap moment of realization hits us and that the world is heading back to the way it was before the United States of America gave hope to all...if carma is alive and well i think it will end up giving the greedy stupid traitors who sold out America a nice condo in hell !
Mar 16, 2012 2:27PM
Jobs will come back when we put a tariff back on imports. Get rid of NAFTA. Stop buying made in China!
Mar 16, 2012 2:47PM
Buy American, even it means that you have to shop around and pay shipping, encourage others to pay attention to the "Made in China" labels.  Don't hesitate to ask the sales people about their products and then respond that you're interested in American made.
Learn which lobbyists and politicians don't care if the jobs leave here and make your voice know via letters, email.
Tell your kids (if appropriate) to watch out too.
Mar 16, 2012 10:50PM
We can debate exactly how the wealth gets distributed, but everybody get something. Automation reduces the costs of production. Lower production costs leads to lower priced products, resulting in more disposable income for the masses.

I know, I know. You're all thinking those savings don't get passed on to consumers, but they do. Otherwise, another vendor would just step in and undercut the competition, if they could do it and still generate profit. This threat forces companies to price products competitively.
Visit a large manufacturing plant, such as an automobile assembly plant, and notice the robots that took the high paying low skill jobs. We have a plant in our area that employed 7,400 people in 1978. Today the plant production is 3 times the 1978 production and employees 1,700 people.
Mar 16, 2012 2:24PM
remember the slogan the only sound you will hear will be the jobs leaving the USA. politicians and big business just do not get it if you do not have a strong middle class working class then there world will start to change for the worst. maybe they want no middle class and would like a peasant class. oh buy the way do not work with the other side if the situation improves they will get credit for the country getting better. wait i know lest vote the rats out this is what we have been doing. doing the samething over and over and expecting a different outcome? on yea all the politicians should be held responsible. not like wall street and the fat cats who will and have gotten off with no punishment at all only big bonuses.
Mar 16, 2012 3:42PM

Jobs will be back when the cost of energy,transportation,and wage increases in the third world (China) adversely affect the corporate bottom line.Obviously economics is about business cycles and that will never change.Peak Oil is definitely the canary in the coal mine for us all.


Unfortunately,the ongoing,permanent destruction of all fiat currencies-especially the USDollar-will render these same once quality jobs obsolete.The actual nominal wage structure will be insignificant vis a vis the purchasing power of the dollar.And as long as Central Banks simply print money and never address the systemic issues clearly evident in all markets and nations,i.e UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT,economic indicators will continue to flash red and the world will lurch from one catastrophe event  to the next.

Mar 18, 2012 8:00PM
         We trade with a country "China" who takes our dollars for cheap labor and rather than return them for American goods and services , loans us the money back to finance our massive deficit.  The real question must be "What would China do with our money if America did not need those dollars for deficit spending?".  We have replaced productive American manufacturing jobs with unproductive government waste!!!
Mar 16, 2012 2:23PM
Mar 18, 2012 6:16PM
JOBS  JOBS AND MORE JOBS...How do we doit ???.....Buy American made productsand the politicians will take the credit or improving the economy...Bring back   American companies that have left to go overseas.. Boycott foreign oil, let them keep it,The need  for alternitive energy has come and gone..Clean house in Wasington, cut the benefits of the politicians..We have a pesion plan..Social Security and a medical plan...Medicare they dont like they can buy their own..Cut foreign aid by 70%, keep the money here in the good old U.S.A.
Mar 16, 2012 6:48PM
Someone (diditonce),

Your ignorance is laughable. You are mourning the loss of jobs to automation? Do yourself a favor and read an Economics 101 textbook. Automation makes our economy more efficient and creates more wealth for everybody. 

By your logic, we should be wringing our hands over all those out-of-work stagecoach drivers.

Iron Mike 76


I agree with you, automation makes our economy more efficient. I can also agree automation creates more wealth for some; however, I must disagree on the creation of wealth for everybody.  

Mar 16, 2012 2:19PM
when we quit bowing down to environmental extremism, man-made global warming, and the cry-baby liberals who believe an honest vote can be had without photo id. 
Mar 16, 2012 4:31PM

First off, thanks unions.  You did a great job.

Second:  how come we don't count the people that have gone off unemployment in the statistics?

Aren't they without a job also?

Third: When we get rid of the liberal way of thinking, then we might get rid of all this crap with taxes and the rich might loosen the purse strings.  There is too much cash available in the corporate world that is not being used.

Fourth:  I only ask one question----Has anyone ever gotten  a job from a poor person?

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