There is an interesting thing happening in the service sector here in the Valley. Restaurants all over are closing. Not because of the minimum wage - but because they can't find good people to work.
I've been noticing businesses complaining about this for about a year. It actually takes a lot longer to hire now because it's hard to find people who want to work, or who are even suitable to work.
The owner of a San Jose burger joint which is closing sums it up this way:
“It’s a challenging time,” he said. “There aren’t any more cooks. The tech industry has taken them.”
I know people like to get worked into a lather about robots taking peoples jobs - but what if people don't want those jobs anymore? To be fair, rents are probably not helping, but when I was a kid I worked fast food for like two minutes. Then I was out! Started lying about my age so I could work in manufacturing.
Funnily enough, kids choosing to do that these days might be working on the very robots servicing people at restaurants they didn't want to work for. Just sayin'.