Underemployment in America has increased over a few years. Many Americans have
either experienced some kind of situation in which they have been either employed or
underemployed. Underemployment is often described as individuals who are working belowtheir skill or capacity level. Employees who are underemployed experience issues like low or minimum wages, no opportunity for growth or job promotion, or hours are not flexible.
Gallup (2013) give insight to the reality of underemployment and how it
negatively impacts states across America. US Gallup Poll states the following in terms of
“California and Rhode Island, with underemployment rates surpassing 22%, have the highest percentages of their workforces not working at desired capacity. Their rates are about twice those of states at the other end of the spectrum, such as North Dakota. Other states hard hit by the recession and declining housing market, including Florida, Arizona, and Nevada, rank among the states with the highest underemployment rates” (Gallup, 2013).
The statistics of America in terms of unemployment and underemployment continue to surge as the economy remains the same.
In summary, underemployed people are also under constant pressure. This pressure is often caused by competing and searching for a desired position. Many underemployed individuals are seeking to land a “dream” job or a way of life. For instance, a college graduate who possesses a degree in a particular area of study may be unable to find his or her desired position or compensation. The college educated individual would pursue lower pay and skilled-level employment. The constant change in employment is the reason why many underemployed individuals experience frustration and a host of other job-related stressors. Unemployed and underemployed individuals are making an effort to find opportunities for their livelihood. The truth of America’s employment issue is not really the statistics; it is reality for many Americans.
Gallup. (2013, February 8th). North Dakota ranks highest on payroll to population rate.
Retrieved 2013, from Gallup Economy: http://www.gallup.com/poll/160334/north-