Why Can't This Man With Two Degrees And 30-Years Experience Find Work?

Joe Durbin
There is a viscous cycle playing out in the American economic landscape. This man's tragic story will make you rethink unemployment.

This clip from the HBO documentary film "San Francisco 2.0" shines some light on the unfortunate cycle of unemployment that is taking place in the City By The Bay

The clip features a man named Allen Zebrowski. 

Zebrowski is 61-years-old and used to be a securities banker but was downsized at his company and has struggled to find a new job ever since. 

Zebrowski has two advanced degrees and thirty years of experience in the corporate world but in his own words "nobody wants like someone me." 

Despite his education and experience, Zebrowski is living in what amounts to a closet in low-income building but spends most of his time out on the streets or at the soup kitchens. 

The clip claims that Zebrowski has become a "dinosaur" in a city that is well know for prizing innovation and youth over almost anything else. 

"I'm at the tail end of my work life," Zebrowski says, "I'm about to retire so nobody wants to hire someone like me."

"Adapt or die" is the phrase this documentary uses to describe what people need to do to avoid the same fate as Zebrowski. Experience and education may not mean as much in 2015 as they did in 2005. 

The modern United States has fewer jobs and lower incomes to offer its workers than it did in the past. This creates higher levels of competition for the remaining positions and allows employers an unprecedented amount of power and selection when making new hires. 

If we are not careful this race-to-the-bottom mentality may leave us all at the bottom of a hole from which we can't climb out.

A hole that men like Zebrowski are already in. 

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